North Temple now has bicycle/bus only lanes and the rest of the city is sure to follow suit in the near future. A cyclist riding in the same lane as the bus? This takes the term “share the road” to a whole new level. Both methods of transportation are certainly more “green,” but cyclists beware: those buses are big and dangerous! As you can probably deduce without too much thought, accidents between buses and bicycles rarely do much damage to the bus, but the cyclist should expect to leave with much more than just a few scrapes and bruises as he exits the scene.

Settlements Available For Cyclists

Just this summer, a case involving a San Francisco cyclist settled for $5.36 million. To any normal bike-rider, this seems like an astronomical sum. But have you ever thought about what a bus can do to your cycling hobby, ability to commute, ability to work, and not to mention your body? David Wheeler’s injuries were never publicly released, but a conservator signed his legal Court documents, indicating that Mr. Wheeler is no longer capable of making medical or legal decisions on his own. Thanks to that bus, he will need in-home medical attention, rehabilitation therapy, and something to cover the income he will no longer be receiving. On top of it all, his passion for bicycles and his unofficial membership in the elite community of cyclists has become permanently impaired, to say the least.

Fortunately, bicycle accidents involving buses are not all too common, but if the liability can be attributed to the bus driver there is a good possibility that the cyclist will be able to recover some money for damages as well as pain and suffering. We at the Christensen Law Firm hope that if you are involved in a bicycle accident, you walk away with limited injuries. However, we are confident you will also walk away with a new urge to increase awareness about bicycle safety and protect others in the cycling sphere from a similar fate. No amount of money will ever be able to replace the things you love, however, a settlement for your injuries, suffering, and lost wages can protect you from financial hardship as well as your future. Making a claim sends a message to drivers and riders alike that these accidents are happening, they are real, and they will not be brushed aside. All cyclists deserve to feel safe and the more their voices are heard, the more protection you’ll receive.

A Push For Safety

Riders, be careful out there. Watch out for buses and vehicles of any size. It is always best to assume that drivers cannot see you and to act accordingly. Be certain you know the laws and are always following them. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, the Utah Bicycle Lawyers of the Christensen Law Firm are here to help you through the complicated and overwhelming claims process and make certain that your current and future needs will be met. Call us today at 801-506-0800.