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Increase in catastrophic and sometimes fatal bicycle accidents

Since the onset of the current pandemic, many more people have been taking to the road on their bicycles as an economical way to stay healthy. Unfortunately, the numbers of fatal accidents involving bicyclists have also increased.

What is causing the accidents

The increased number of bicyclists on the road is not the sole cause of the increase in accidents. Instances of speeding and distracted driving are becoming more common, and both often result in bicyclists getting sideswiped or struck from behind, often with fatal results.

What you can do if you are hit

A collision between a car or truck and a bicycle can be much more serious than a crash between two motor vehicles. In addition to the damage to your bike, you’ll likely have to face the prospects of hospitalization and possible long-term injuries.

As such, you have the option to bring a lawsuit against the driver who was responsible for your accident. If you win, you will be able to recover what you need to take care of your medical bills and feed your family while you recover from your injuries.

A law that the South Carolina legislature passed contains several provisions that apply to bicycle safety. Among other things, the statute requires drivers of motor vehicles to maintain a safe distance from cyclists at all times.

This law is important, because if a vehicle strikes you while you are riding your bicycle, it will give your attorney more to draw on when formulating your personal injury lawsuit against that driver.

You shouldn’t have to put your life at risk every time you choose to ride your bicycle to work rather than driving. It’s good to know that, if an accident does occur, you won’t have to take on the medical costs associated with your accident without recourse.