What is involved in a claim involving a Bicycle Accident?
Beasley Allen has handled a number of cases involving serious injury and death involving bicycle accidents. The most common causes of bicycle accidents are collisions with motor vehicles, the bicycle operators being too young and/or inexperienced, and environmental/road hazards.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 500,000 people are treated in U.S. emergency rooms each year from bicycle-related injuries. More than 700 of these incidents result in death. Children especially are at high risk for bicycle-related injuries. In 2001, children younger than 16 accounted for 59 percent of all bicycle-related injuries seen in U.S. emergency rooms.
When individuals are harmed, injured or killed by an unsafe, or defective, product, they may have a cause of action against the manufacturer, supplier, distributor or retailer of that product. This area of law is known as Product Liability. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents costs more than $700 billion each year.
Many times when we deal with bicycle accidents resulting in serious injury or death, there are defective parts to blame. For bicycles, problems have been known to arise from these areas:
• Bicycle Chain Break
• Seat Post Break
• Pedal Crack
• Helmet not complying with CPSC Safety Standards
• Break Cables Detach
What can I do?
If you feel you have a claim, our attorneys would like to talk to you. You may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation legal consultation.