Biking is a fun, expedient, and green means of transportation, and it’s a great way to get around Gwinnett County. Bike accidents, however, happen, and the so-called right hook accident is one of the most common and most dangerous accidents going. If you ride, make sure that you remain on the lookout for such dangers. If you’ve been injured in a right hook accident, seek experienced legal counsel.
The Right Hook
A right hook accident refers to when a car passes your bike on your left—then proceeds to make a right turn in front of you. The accident occurs either because you aren’t left with the time or space to avoid running into the car or because the car hits you while turning in front of you. Such accidents are common at intersections, but they can also happen at entrances to parking lots, ramps, and businesses, alleys, and side roads. Right hook accidents often lead to significant injuries and are especially dangerous. These cases can also be extremely complicated; if you’ve been so injured, don’t leave your claim to chance; discuss your case with a skilled bike accident attorney.
If you’ve been injured in a right hook bike accident, you know just how difficult that is. The financial, physical, and emotional damages can be immense, but the dedicated legal team at Brauns Law, PC, in Gwinnett County, Georgia, is here to help. Our experienced bike accident attorneys will thoroughly investigate your claim and will aggressively advocate for your just compensation.
Call It In
If you’re involved in a right hook accident—no matter how minor you think it is—it’s in your best interests to alert the authorities. By obtaining an accident report, the specifics related to your claim are recorded and can’t evolve and morph with the passage of time. If a driver’s negligence leaves you injured in a right hook accident, it’s important to hold that driver responsible. Further, it’s not uncommon for cyclists to be more seriously injured than they at first surmise. Injuries have a way of blossoming over time, and you want to ensure that any damages you suffer are fully compensated.
Right Hook Stats
The League of American Cyclists reports that, while accurate bike-accident statistics are difficult to obtain because of underreporting, they have nonetheless compiled important statistics related to these dangerous accidents. The League finds that a full six percent of fatal bike accidents are right hook accidents. The report also elaborates on mitigating factors that contribute to fatal bike accidents:
- Approximately 42 percent of the drivers involved in their study were reportedly driving either carelessly or inattentively at the time of the fatal accident.
- Approximately 36 percent of the fatal accidents in their study were hit-and-run accidents.
- Approximately 28 percent of the drivers involved in their study were impaired at the time of the fatal accident.
When you take to the roads of Gwinnett County on your bike, be especially cautious when drivers pass you on the left near an intersection, alley, or entryway.
Injuries Common to Right Hook Accidents
Right hook accidents are often very serious accidents that cause serious injuries—after all, there’s nothing but your bike helmet to protect you from the impact of the crash. There are several kinds of serious injuries that are closely associated with bike accidents, including right hook accidents:
Broken bones. Broken bones are common to bike accidents; the impact of being thrown from your bike can easily break or fracture a bone. A broken bone is an especially painful injury that is slow to heal and can significantly intrude upon your active lifestyle. Further, a broken bone that doesn’t heal well can lead to long-term complications, including permanent disability.
Cuts, bruises, abrasions, and road rash. Bike accidents often cause their victims to be dragged along the roadway and to endure dangerous cuts, bruises, abrasions, and “road rash.” These injuries are not only extremely painful but can also lead to permanent and disfiguring scars and dangerous infection sites.
Traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are serious injuries that are usually caused by a violent jolt or force to the head—such as often happens in bike accidents like right hook accidents. Because TBIs affect your brain, they are closely associated with permanent psychological damages. Many sufferers describe these injuries as altering their very sense of self, which can mean immense emotional and psychological pain—along with significant physical and financial consequences. To further complicate the issue, TBIs can go undetected at the time of the accident, which allows the injuries to become more serious before they’re diagnosed and treated. Early diagnosis and treatment lead to improved prognosis, so if you’ve been involved in a right hook bike accident, seek immediate medical attention—even if you don’t think you’ve been seriously injured.
Spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries are also common to bike accidents. A spinal cord injury involves damage to any part of your spinal cord, including the nerves at the bottom of the spinal canal. A spinal cord injury can lead to a permanent loss of strength and sensation in the part of the body that lies below the injury site. Your healthy spinal cord is central to your overall good health. Because your spinal cord—together with your brain—comprises your central nervous system, any spinal-cord damage can lead to serious physical, financial, and emotional consequences.
If You’ve Been Injured in a Right Hook Bike Accident, Contact Brauns Law, PC, in Gwinnett County Today
A bike accident leaves you especially vulnerable to serious damages that aren’t always in complete evidence at the time of the accident. Bike accidents can be complicated. Don’t leave your claim to chance or the whims of the insurance company. Your just compensation is too important not to consult with an experienced bike accident attorney.
The dedicated bike accident lawyers at Brauns Law, PC, in Gwinnett County, Georgia are dedicated to seeing your claim to its best possible resolution. Our skilled legal team is here to help, so please contact or call us at (404) 418-8244 for a free consultation today.