Experienced Delaware Bike Accident Lawyers Advocating for Those Injured in Bicycle Crashes
Help for injury victims in and around New Castle, Seaford and throughout the state
Delaware is a beautiful place to ride bicycles for recreation and transportation. Nationally, bicycle trips account for a mere 1% of trips, but bicyclists face a much higher risk of crash related injury and death than those in motor vehicles according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and there were about 475,000 bicycle-related injuries in the U.S. and 1,000 fatalities (up12.2% over the previous year) for bicycle riders in 2015. If you have been injured in a bicycle crash with a motor vehicle, you may be able to take legal action against the person who caused the crash.
According to Delaware State Police, Delaware saw 146 bicycle-related traffic crashes, three of which were fatal. Eighty-two percent of the crashes (120) involved injuries and 16% (23) were property damage only crashes. New Castle saw 85 bicycle-related crashes, Kent County had 28 crashes and one fatality, and Sussex County had 33 crashes and two fatalities in 2015.
At Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, you will enjoy the benefits of working with an injury attorney team with 100 years of combined legal experience. We take a proactive and aggressive approach to fighting for your right to recover compensation for your injuries. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case. You never need to worry about being able to afford to hire a lawyer because we take cases on contingency. This means you do not pay attorney fees until we recover compensation for you. We are here to help.
The Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act
On October 5, 2017, the Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act was signed into law which included the addition of:
- Bicycle traffic signals designed to reduce traffic crashes at intersections
- Requires motorists to change lanes when travel lanes become too narrow for side-by-side sharing of the lane
- Motorists are now forbidden to honk at cyclists when passing except in cases of imminent danger
- Clarification of where to ride
- The “Delaware yield,” which permits bicyclists to yield at stop signs where the coast is clear instead of requiring them to come to a complete stop.
Common causes of bicycle injuries
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) report that most traffic crashes are a result of some form of driver error. Lately, the increasing problem of distracted driving has contributed to a significant increase in traffic crashes and fatalities including bicycle crashes. If a driver is paying more attention to their phones than to the road in front of them, they are not likely to notice that they are sharing the road with a bicyclist making them more likely to hit one because they were not paying attention. Other factors that contribute to injuries from bicycle crashes include:
- Drunk driving
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Failure to use turn signals
- Opening a vehicle door into a bike’s lane of travel
- Roadway defects
- Mechanical defects
Examples of injuries from bicycle crashes
Due to bicyclists having no protection from impact with oncoming vehicles or the street, they are completely vulnerable to injury from every direction. Even when a rider is pedaling down a quiet road, there is still the chance that a tire could hit a rock or run into a rut causing the rider to crash and fall in the dirt and gravel and asphalt. If you are riding your bike in traffic and get hit by a car, some of the injuries you suffer could be devastating including:
- Broken bones, fractures
- Limb loss
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Crush injuries
- Road rash
- Cuts and lacerations
- Organ damage
- Soft tissue injuries
What damages are available after a bicycle crash injury?
If your injuries are from a bicycle crash that was caused by the negligence of another driver, defective equipment or roadway defects, you may be able to take legal action against the responsible party. If you have had medical treatment, you have lost time from work recovering from your injuries, and you are suffering from physical and emotional pain because of the accident, all of these are losses for which you deserve to recover compensation. If you are successful in proving that the defendant was at fault in the crash that caused your injuries, you may be able to recover the following damages:
- Medical expenses now and for future medical care related to your injury
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Other losses related to the crash
When you work with the experienced Delaware bicycle accident injury lawyers from Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, you can be confident that we will do our best to recover the compensation you deserve. We hold those responsible for your injuries accountable for your losses. We understand your needs, and we are here to help you get through a difficult time so that you can move forward with your life.
Bicycle accident lawyers asserting your rights in Delaware
Bicyclists have the right to share the road, too. Our experienced bicycle injury attorneys at Silverman, McDonald & Friedman fight for a fair judgment in your personal injury case. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Delaware bike accident lawyer in one of our offices in Wilmington, Seaford, or New Castle, you may call 302.314.5553 or fill out our contact form now.