Bicyclists travel Lexington at all hours, but unfortunately, careless drivers are also out day and night. Drivers who hit defenseless cyclists will often claim they didn’t see the bicycle or the rider. That’s usually an excuse when a driver wasn’t paying enough attention to the road.
Those visibility issues and lack of attention by drivers are only magnified at night when bicyclists are often forced to travel along some poorly lit stretches of Lexington. After sundown, anyone on a bike will be wary of every driver that passes and the potential threat of a devastating collision.
Securing Help for Bicycle Accident Victims in Lexington
If you or a loved one are struck and injured by a careless driver, please contact Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, to speak with a legal professional. We offer a free consultation and information session to victims about the pitfalls of dealing with an at-fault driver’s auto insurance provider.
Insurance agents like to worm their way out of liability in an accident while leaving innocent bicyclists to pay the enormous costs of their own recovery. Don’t let them pull their usual tricks on you or your family. Contact a Lexington Bicycle Accident Attorney today.
Lexington Bicycle Accident Hazards at Night
Lexington has added significant greenway space and pedestrian and bicycle-only trails in recent years. Cyclists have some room to travel far from the busy traffic of the city. Yet, some options are less safe for riders. Even those roads with dedicated bike lanes like 4th Street and Newtown Road still present significant dangers to people on bicycles when drivers get careless.
Then there are the many routes through Lexington where you won’t find bike trails or lanes. These sections force riders closer to traffic where they have as much right to the road as any driver. However, cyclists must still trust that motorists know the laws and that they are paying enough attention to make room for all travelers.
This caution is especially vital at night when drivers need to show even more care. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) documented 843 bicycle fatalities across the nation in 2019. They found that, tragically, bicyclist deaths peaked during the hours from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. when 21% of the fatal accidents took place. Another 16% of deadly accidents occurred from 9 p.m. to midnight.
What to Do After a Nighttime Bicycle Accident in Lexington
What you are able to accomplish in the minutes after suffering an impact from a vehicle will depend on your physical wellbeing. But if you are strong enough there are several forms of evidence you can collect on the scene to make sure you don’t get blamed for a driver’s mistake.
Here are a few important steps to take:
- See to your immediate safety. If you end up down in the roadway move out of the way of traffic if you are able. This is especially important at night when victims are at risk of going unseen and being struck by other vehicles.
- Call 911. Let paramedics check everything out. Tell the police everything that happened in detail.
- Use your phone to take pictures. Document the scene, your bike damage, and street signs. Show the street lights present (or lack of them) on the scene. If the car that struck you remained on the scene, snap photos of the car, license plate, and any damage. Get pics of any injuries that are visible and any damage to clothing. If you are wearing a helmet make sure your photos show that.
- Note the potential for security cameras nearby. Businesses or homes might have documented your accident.
- Get witness contact information and find out what they observed.
- Exchange information with everyone involved but don’t make any statements about the accident. Insurance companies can use these statements against you later.
- Schedule a medical check-up with your own doctor. Get every injury documented.
- Keep any damaged personal items, including your bicycle. Keep all evidence.
Contact a Lexington Bicycle Accident Lawyer
The Lexington bicycle accident lawyers with Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, work to support all bicyclists after they’ve experienced frightening accidents. Victims need to be supported financially by insurance company’s representing at-fault drivers so they can work towards recovery and getting back on their bikes again. We work to protect victims during recovery and also want to help families who have been robbed of a loved one’s guidance and support by a fatal accident.
Our attorneys have a combined 100 years of experience in holding insurance agents accountable after accidents. To discuss your case in a free and confidential consultation session, contact Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today.