St. George, Utah boasts a beautiful desert landscape. Riding a bike through the city or mountain trails is a common activity and mode of transportation for many individuals. Unfortunately, bicycle accidents happen. Most bicycle accidents occur around intersections. And if cyclist was struck by a vehicle, the injuries could be serious. If you or a loved one is injured in a bicycle accident as a result of the fault or negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation.
What is the Definition of a Bicycle?
The Utah State Legislature defines bicycle as the following:
- "Bicycle" means a wheeled vehicle:
- propelled by human power by feet or hands acting upon pedals or cranks;
- with a seat or saddle designed for the use of the operator;
- designed to be operated on the ground; and
- whose wheels are not less than 14 inches in diameter.
- "Bicycle" includes an electric assisted bicycle.
- "Bicycle" does not include scooters and similar devices.
It’s absolutely essential that you are knowledgeable of the laws and safety requirements for bicycling in Utah. Some of the basic rules for safety are wearing a helmet and reflective wear so you are visible to others. Riding as close to the right side of the road is also required. Obeying all road signs. There are valid reasons when you may need to veer or merge into another lane to match the flow of traffic. Understanding how traffic flows and the appropriate hand signals to alert others of your plans is also important to ensure your safety.
When an Accident Happens
If you were hit by a vehicle while on your bicycle it’s important that you:
- Stop where the accident occurred. If you are injured, do not move. However, if there is imminent danger, find the closest area to where you can pull off the roadway safely.
- Call the police and report the accident. You want to have a written record of the events that transpired.
- Get the insurance information from the others involved in the crash.
What’s Included in a Bicycle Accident Settlement?
There are a number of elements that can be included in a bicycle personal injury settlement:
- Cost of replacing or repairing your bicycle
- Health Care Expenses
- Potential future medical care costs
- Loss wages/income
- Loss of future earning ability
- Emotional suffering
- Pain and inconvenience damages
- Emotional distress
- Rehabilitation & Pain Relief services
- Home nurse expenses
- Cost of vehicle needed to accommodate injury
- Renovations needed to accommodate injury in the home
- Cost of hiring household assistance for duties/chores you can no longer perform.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
It is of the utmost importance that you or the injured party seek legal assistance from a qualified personal injury attorney. Finding an attorney with the knowledge of Utah’s road codes and laws will give you the best chance of winning your case. McMullin Injury Law has successfully fought bicycle cases in St. George, Utah. We will work with you to get you on the path of healing and make sure you are compensated fully and fairly. Give us a call today.