Effects of the "Right Hook" on Bicyclists
While bicycle accidents can occur in many ways, one of the most common kinds of crashes is often referred to as a "right-hook" accident. A right hook happens when a car or truck turns right into the path of a bicyclist and the bicyclist cannot stop in time to avoid hitting the car.
Right hooks are particularly dangerous, as a bicyclist often hits the vehicle while moving, and the impact commonly sends the bicyclist flying forward off his or her bike over the vehicle and onto the pavement. The impact on the vehicle and/or the ground can cause severe injuries to the bicyclist, who has little protection. The following are some of the effects of a right hook accident:
- Fractured hands, wrists, and arms if the bicyclist reaches out to try to break the fall
- Fractured jaw, cheekbones, or nose if the bicyclist hits the ground face-first
- Skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries, as a helmet does not always protect a bicyclist from trauma to the head
- Spinal cord injury and possible paralysis
- Neck and back injuries
- Friction burns, lacerations, and contusions
- Internal organ damage
Because the injuries from a right hook can be so severe, it is important for a bicyclist who was injured to discuss his or her legal right to recovery from a negligent driver who caused the accident.
Right hooks often happen because a driver tries to dangerously pass a bicyclist and turn without giving the bicyclist the right of way to share the road. In addition, distracted drivers may not even see the bicyclist and may make the turn in front of him or her. Any of these negligent acts can cause a driver to be held liable for a bicyclist's injuries and losses. It is important for any injured bicyclist to discuss possible legal action with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Contact a Phoenix Bicycle Accident Lawyer for Help Today
The law firm of Abels & Annes has represented the rights of many bicyclists after a crash. If you have sustained injuries, please call our Phoenix bicycle accident attorneys at 602-819-5191 to discuss your case for free today.