Pedestrians and Bicycle Accidents

Pedestrians accidents and bicycle accidents are common in Montgomery County, P.G. County, D.C. and Northern Virginia. Pedestrians and bicyclists are at a much higher risk of suffering a serious personal injury when involved in a car accident. Without any external protection, your body is left to absorb the entire impact of a collision. In far too many cases, the injuries sustained in a car/pedestrian or car/bicycle accident may be impossible to completely recover from.

signalIf you have been seriously injured, or if your loved one has been killed in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, make sure you receive the compensation you deserve for your losses. Please call (301) 605-9469 today for a free case evaluation with our experienced Rockville car accident lawyer.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Car Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 4,280 pedestrians were killed in car accidents in 2010
  • 70,000 pedestrians were injured in car accidents in 2010
  • 618 bicyclists were killed in car accidents in car accidents in 2010
  • 52,000 bicyclists were injured in car accidents in 2010

At least 50% of all bicycle accident deaths are caused by motor vehicles. Over 72% of all pedestrian accident deaths occur in densely-populated urban areas like Washington D.C. Every year, the average cost of pedestrian injuries and fatalities in children 14 years old and younger is $5.2 billion. The total cost of bicycle injuries and fatalities is more than $4 billion per year.

Causes of Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents

Bicyclists face unique risks out on the open road, since – apart from a helmet – they have no protection against the cars and trucks that they share the road with. Additionally, many drivers often fail to see bicycles and pedestrians, or refuse to grant them the right-of-way because they think that the rules of the road allow them superior access.

Some other common causes of car accidents with pedestrians and bicycles include:

  • Drivers turning directly in front of a bicycle
  • Drivers failing to look both ways before continuing past a stop sign
  • Drivers pulling into traffic from a parking spot or driveway and failing to keep an eye out for pedestrians/bicyclists who are behind them
  • Drunk driving

Many car/bicycle and car/pedestrian accidents result in lifelong injuries, such as brain injury or spinal cord injury. The toll that these injuries can take on your body, your emotional health, and your ability to work in the future can be staggering. If you have suffered one of these devastating injuries, you deserve to be compensated for both your current and future losses. When building your case, Attorney Plotnick will examine how your injuries have impacted your life in every respect, using the evidence to tell your story in the most powerful way possible.

Contact An Experienced Rockville Car Accident Lawyer

If you are looking for an experienced Rockville car accident lawyer you can trust to serve you throughout Maryland, Washington D.C., or Virginia, please contact the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick today to schedule a free case evaluation. We can help you fight for the fair compensation you deserve.