Bicycles are a fun, healthy, and eco-friendly way to get around North Carolina. But because bikes are so much smaller than motor vehicles, cyclists often face serious injuries after traffic accidents. If you were injured because someone else failed to share the road, you shouldn’t have to pay the costs. At Henson Fuerst, we can protect your rights to the compensation you need to get better.
We know you need help fast after a bicycle accident. From helping you get the medical care you need to ensuring you get fair treatment from the insurance company, our bicycle accident lawyers want to help you with your claim today. We’re available 24/7—just call (919) 781-1107 or fill out a free initial consultation form to get the representation you deserve, today.
Types of Bicycle Accident Injuries
We handle bicycle accident claims related to a variety of injuries, such as:
- Broken Bones
Arm, leg, and joint fractures are common when cyclists make contact with motor vehicles, barriers, and road surfaces.
- Soft Tissue Injuries
Muscle damage, lacerations, and even permanent scarring often result when bicyclists are thrown from their bikes.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
Brain injuries resulting from bike accident impacts can affect cyclists’ thinking, sensations, language, and moods. Learn more about how to select a proper bike helmet on our bike helmet safety page.
The costs of bicycle accidents often go beyond hospital bills. No matter how you were injured on your bicycle, it’s our job to provide you with the answers you need to get the best results from your claim.
Bike Helmet Safety
Wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle is just as important as wearing a seat belt when you’re in a car. In fact, anyone under 16 years old is required to wear a bike helmet in North Carolina. Of course, a helmet only works if it’s properly fitted and worn correctly.
According to the Bike Helmet Safety Institute:
- Always try on a helmet before buying one. It should sit level on your head and be comfortably snug, but not too tight. The helmet shouldn’t move more than about an inch in any direction.
- Check for a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) sticker inside the helmet.
- Helmets that are white or a bright color increase your visibility to others on the road.
- Cyclists should choose a helmet with a smoothly rounded outer shell, with no sharp ribs or snag points.
- Consider a helmet’s ventilation. Air flow over the head determines coolness and larger front vents provide better air flow.
Share the Road
Several members of Henson Fuerst are avid cyclists who understand the importance of promoting awareness and education about cycling safety. Motorists and bicyclists have an obligation to share the road and help keep one another safe from harm. Sharing the road requires both drivers and cyclists to understand their rights and responsibilities.
In North Carolina, a bicycle has the legal status of a vehicle, which means bicyclists are protected by the same laws that apply to drivers. To help ensure a safe riding experience, cyclists should:
- Wear a bicycle helmet.
Bicyclists under age 16 are required to wear helmets under North Carolina law.
- Increase your visibility.
Use lights and wear bright colors and reflective materials.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.
Use hand signals to communicate intended movements and ride in the same direction as the traffic on your side of the road.
- Keep kids safe.
Secure child passengers who are under 40 pounds or 40 inches in child seats or bicycle trailers.
Motorists also have a responsibility to keep the roads safe for everyone. When operating a vehicle:
- Be especially watchful for bicyclists in neighborhoods, around intersections, and along rural roads.
- Be engaged—don’t drive distracted.
- When passing by a bicyclist, slow down and check over your shoulder to make sure you have allowed a safe distance before merging back in the lane or making a right-hand turn.
- Make eye contact with a bicyclist who has stopped at an intersection and yield when appropriate.
Henson Fuerst attorneys have contributed articles to Endurance Magazine, a resource focused on educating, inspiring, and motivating athletes of all levels and abilities. For information on cyclist safety, view the following articles:
Protecting Your Best Interests
At Henson Fuerst, it’s been our mission to help people in North Carolina for more than 35 years. Whether we’re giving back to the cycling community by sponsoring bike safety initiatives or handling your bike accident claim while you recover, we’re here to help. So don’t wait. Contact us today to get the personalized legal help you deserve—we’ll even come to you if you can’t make it to our offices.