A 25-year-old woman from New Paltz, New York, who was severely injured in a bicycle accident almost two months ago, has woke up and spoken after being in a medically induced coma. On September 11 an SUV struck her from behind, throwing her off her bicycle and into a wooded area. Despite the fact that the victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and was raced to the hospital with severe fractures and a neck injury. She was put in a medically induced coma to help reduce brain swelling. The victim is now working on her speech and communication while undergoing physical therapy.
It is estimated that there are over 65,000 pedestrian injuries reported each year. Bicycles provide transportation for many pedestrians as well as exercise and leisure activities. It is always wise to pay attention to whatever surface you may be biking on. Many cities offer parks and trails but without proper upkeep those can crack and also be dangerous. If you are biking alongside the road, remember to bike with the flow of traffic and be attentive to another motorist. Wear reflective clothing at night and neon or fluorescent colors during the day which will help oncoming motorist see you and most importantly, always wear a helmet! Bicycle accidents can range from minor to traumatic but in any scenario, it is essential to contact a personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney can help the victim seek proper compensation for injuries due to the accident.
The St. Louis-based attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC, work closely with their clients to achieve a proper case settlement. Our team recognizes that accidents are stressful and will communicate with our clients every step of the way while reaching a fair settlement. If you require experienced representation, please contact our office today for a free no-obligation consultation.