Richmond Bike Share is Convenient but Also Poses Risks of Injuries
Bikes are a convenient, green, and healthy way to tool around town. Richmond’s RVA Bike Share program, which was launched in 2017, makes accessing a bike even more convenient. It doesn’t get any easier than simply swinging by a Bike Share banking station and then heading out on two wheels on a beautiful Richmond day. It’s important to recognize, however, that—with all that convenience—come certain risks. If you’ve been injured in a Bike Share accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you need skilled legal counsel.
When you head out on your own bike to get around our beautiful city, you know exactly how that bike’s been used and maintained. This, unfortunately, isn’t the case with Bike Share bikes. Many people take Bike Share bikes out on the road on a daily basis, and there’s simply no way of knowing how any specific bike has been handled. Further, Bike Share bikes necessitate frequent and consistent maintenance, and when that doesn’t happen, the bikes themselves can be rendered less safe. Bicycle maintenance is integral to safe biking.
When you head out on a bike—whether it’s a Bike Share or your own—you are vulnerable to the traffic all around you. After all, when you’re on a bike, there’s nothing but your bike helmet to come between you and the impact of an accident. And bike accidents happen. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, while bike trips make up only about one percent of all travel, cyclists are far more likely to be injured in traffic accidents than are motorists and their passengers.
Bike Accidents and Serious Injuries
Bike accidents are often exceedingly dangerous accidents that can lead to a variety of serious injuries:
- Broken bones. Broken bones are extremely painful, slow to heal, and can lead to dangerous complications that can be debilitating.
- Traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are caused by a blunt force to the head and are extremely unpredictable. They often result in both physical and emotional complications that are difficult to treat and to overcome.
- Cuts, abrasions, and road rash. Cuts, abrasions, and road rash are those injuries incurred when your skin scrapes against an unyielding surface, like the road, during the course of an accident. These injuries are extremely painful, slow to heal, and prone to dangerous infections and complications.
If a Rideshare Accident Left You Injured, You Need an Experienced Richmond Bike Accident Attorney
RVA Bike Share provides a great opportunity for more people to enjoy the health benefits and convenience of taking to the streets on two wheels. Accidents, however, do happen, and they’re often quite serious. If someone else’s negligence has left you injured in a Bike Share accident, the dedicated legal team at Emroch & Kilduff in Richmond has the expertise and commitment to help navigate your claim toward its most advantageous conclusion. Our skilled bike accident attorneys are here to help, so please contact or call us at (804) 358-1568 to schedule an appointment today.