Vermont Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Residents and visitors alike in Vermont frequently use bicycles to get to and from destinations. Whether bikes are used for regular transportation or leisure, bicyclists can be exposed to possibly serious injuries when they are involved in accidents because of their inherent lack of protection.
While certain parts of Vermont have paths specifically limited to bicycles, bicyclists often share roadways with motor vehicles. Both automobiles and bicycles must obey the rules of the road, and several crashes involving bicycles are the result of motorist negligence in which drivers fail to respect the rights of the bicyclists.
Vermont Bicycle Laws
Title 19 Vermont Statute § 2301(1) defines a bicycle as any pedal-driven device that can be propelled by human power and has two or more wheels. The definition includes a pedal vehicle that could have an enclosed cab.
Under Title 23 Vermont Statute § 1033, a driver approaching or passing a vulnerable user (a term defined as including bicyclists) must exercise due care to pass the vulnerable user safely. A violation is punishable by a minimum fine of $200.00.
Additionally, Title 23 Vermont Statute § 1039(a) prohibits drivers from following bicyclists too closely.
Bicycle Accident Injuries in Vermont
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that bicycle trips only account for 1 percent of all trips in the nation, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that bicyclists accounted for 2 percent of all traffic deaths and 2 percent of all crash-related injuries in 2014. The CDC reported there were nearly 467,000 bicycle-related injuries in 2015.
Bicyclists face an increased likelihood of sustaining fatal injuries in collisions with motor vehicles, but even those who survive crashes can still suffer severe injuries that result in overwhelming medical expenses, lost wages, and tremendous pain and suffering. Some of the most common injuries stemming from bicycle accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Broken Bones
- Herniated Discs
- Internal Organ Damage
- Road Rash
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
Contact a Vermont Personal Injury Lawyer
People who are injured in bicycle crashes can often be extraordinarily confused about how to obtain compensation from negligent drivers. In some cases, drivers may have been uninsured or have policy limits insufficient to cover the full cost of care for victims. People in such cases are often able to file claims with their own insurance companies under uninsured motorist policies, although even an individual’s own insurer may attempt to lowball a potential settlement.
We represent client in communities all over Bennington County, Caledonia County, Chittenden County, Essex County, Rutland County, Grand Isle County, Washington County, Lamoille County, Windsor County, Orleans County, Franklin County, Orange County, Windham County, Addison County, and many others.
Need an Injury Lawyer Vermont can represent you in dealing with any insurance company— whether it is the negligent driver’s insurer or your own. Our lawyers offer free, no obligation consultations to discuss the specifics of your case, and we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer all of your questions.