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The True Cost of Bicycle Accidents

Cyclists struck by car

In 2018, the United States lost 857 people to fatal bicycle accidents. Even bicyclists who survive accidents face life-changing injuries and astronomical medical costs. The costs and consequences of bicycle accidents are difficult to overestimate.

That’s why we’ve dedicated our firm to helping victims and their families recover after bicycle accidents. Unfortunately, what we do here at Casey Law Offices, S.C. is not enough. To prevent these inexcusable injuries and deaths, we need roadways that are safe for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Structural Consequences

For now, America’s roadways are dangerous, and fatal and non-fatal bike accidents cost the United States billions of dollars each year. While some may attribute an increase in bicycle accidents to an increase of cyclists, new transportation methods should not mean more death and destruction. Instead, it should mean culture and infrastructure that adapts to changes in transit – especially when cycling is a healthy and eco-friendly way to get around.

Without this infrastructure, non-fatal bike accidents account for $209 billion in damages and fatal bike accidents cost the country $28 billion each year – and this does not even begin to cover the human costs of these injuries and fatalities.

A researcher from the University of California – San Francisco explains:

While the health benefits of cycling far outweigh the health risks, our results demonstrate the scope of the financial impact of cycling injuries…To me, it clearly makes a strong case for investment in safer cycling infrastructure… Many of these injuries are preventable with safer roads.”

The Human Cost of Bicycle Accidents

If you’ve been in a serious bicycle accident or lost a loved one to a collision, you know how devastating they can be. Even one fatal bicycle accident is one too many and being seriously injured or losing a loved one can change your entire life.

After a bicycle accident, you may be facing:

  • Medical bills
  • Missed wages
  • The costs of rehabilitation and recovery
  • Changes to your earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Funerary and burial expenses
  • Loss of companionship and support
  • And more

Although nothing we can do will change what happened or bring your loved one back, we can help secure your economic future.

With the right resources, you can take the time you need to recover and grieve.

Call us at (414) 272-5564 or contact us online to discuss your legal options during a free consultation.

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