Biking is a fun, energetic, and green means of getting around and exploring the beautiful New Port Richey area. There’s no better way to get out and see the sights or get from place to place than on your trusty bike. We’re lucky enough to have an active network of bike paths in the area that make it that much easier to partake in the fun of biking. When you bike, however, nothing but your helmet comes between you and the impact of an accident, and when bike paths aren’t safely maintained, it can cause extremely dangerous accidents and injuries.
Bike Accidents Happen – Frequently
The fact is that bike accidents happen, and while we typically think of dangerous bike accidents as happening in heavy traffic, they are also common on poorly designed, constructed, and/or maintained bike paths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that, while bike trips account for only about one percent of all miles traveled in the United States, bicyclists run a much larger risk of being injured in accidents than motorists do. More than 1,000 cyclists in 2015 alone died in bike accidents, and another 467,000 were injured.
If you experienced an injury in a bike accident on a New Port Richey bike path, you’re no doubt going through a difficult time, but you don’t have to face it alone. The skilled bike accident attorneys at Doman Law Group are committed to helping you obtain the compensation you deserve under the law. Our dedicated legal team has the experience, determination, and know-how to help guide your claim toward its most positive resolution.
Bike Paths and Perceived Risks
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that bicyclists perceive car accidents as the greatest danger that they face, while they think that irregular riding surfaces such as those found on dangerous bike paths are the second greatest danger.
Dangerous Bike Paths
Bike paths that aren’t well designed, that are poorly constructed, that are deteriorating, that are littered with debris, that incorporate uneven, rough, or rippled surfaces, that are replete with obstacles and low-hanging branches, or that are slippery or otherwise poorly maintained, are dangerous bike paths. When you head out on the paths, you probably don’t give a lot of thought to the condition that they’re in – especially if it’s one that you travel frequently. It’s important to note, however, that when maintenance is inadequate, the condition of a bike path can change quickly. In fact, the path you ride regularly can become dangerous without warning.
The Insurance Company
When you’re injured in a bike accident that was caused by a dangerous bike path, you probably aren’t feeling up to anything beyond tending to your physical recovery. While it can be tempting to let the insurance company involved simply take care of your claim, resist this urge – it goes against your best interests. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, and your just compensation is not an insurance company’s top priority.
Injuries Common to Dangerous Bike Path Accidents
Dangerous bike paths contribute to hazardous accidents that can throw you off your bike and leave you susceptible to serious injuries. While such a bike accident can leave you with any number of injuries, there are several injuries most closely associated with bike path accidents:
Blunt Force Trauma – When you’re flung from your bike in a bike path accident, you’re susceptible to blunt force trauma – or non-penetrative injuries – that can cause internal organ damage, and that can be irreparable. These injuries are made even more dangerous because they’re not always immediately apparent, which can cause adequate medical diagnosis and treatment to be dangerously delayed. Because early diagnosis is always closely associated with improved prognosis, it’s critical that you seek immediate medical attention if you’ve been thrown from your bike.
Broken Bones – The immense impact of bike accidents often leads to broken bones. Broken bones are often extremely painful. Further, broken bones are often slow to heal, and sometimes lead to long-term complications that may result in permanent disabilities.
Traumatic Brain Injuries – Even if you wear a protective bike helmet, it can’t provide you with complete protection from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs are brain injuries caused by a blunt force to the head – such as the force encountered in a serious bike injury. Because these injuries affect your brain, they must be taken extremely seriously. Typically, TBIs lead to at least some degree of temporary brain malfunction. Because they often don’t present with symptoms at the time of the accident, TBIs can go undetected and untreated until they become much more serious and more difficult to treat. If a dangerous bike path has caused you to be thrown from your bike, seek immediate medical attention. The force of the accident may have caused you to suffer a TBI. TBIs can lead to especially egregious physical, financial, and emotional damages.
Road Rash, Cuts, and Abrasions – When a dangerous bike path leads to a nasty spill, you are especially vulnerable to the cuts, abrasions, and other forms of road rash that come from skidding across the ground. These injuries are not only very painful but can also become seriously infected, slow to heal, and disfiguring.
The injuries associated with bike path accidents are dangerous and should always be taken seriously.
If a Dangerous Bike Path Has Left You Injured in a Bike Accident, Consult with Dolman Law Group in New Port Richey Today
If a negligently designed, constructed, or maintained bike path has left you injured, you need experienced legal counsel. While you tend to the important work of recovering from your injuries, allow the dedicated legal team at Dolman Law Group to help effectively and efficiently maximize your recovery of compensation for your injuries. Our experienced bike accident attorneys are here to help, so please contact or call us at 727-853-6275 today.
Dolman Law Group
5435 Main Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652