Yes, you heard right. I got hit by a car a few weeks ago in Washington DC during rush hour. I was minding my own business, riding on the sidewalk. You know those car garages in DC - there are a million of them and they usually have parking attendants. There was a car pulling out and so I rode behind her, only she changed her mind and backed into my right side - she sent me skidding to the left and tore a chunk out of my bike seat.
Can you believe it?
Unfortunately this kind of thing happens all too often. Cars, buses, trucks, distracted, not looking or paying attention. Pedestrians and bicyclists beware; even if you are following the rules that doesn't mean you will be safe.
Now, thankfully I didn't require hospitalization, surgery, or rehabilitation. In fact, other than being shaken up initially I was just fine. But what if that had not been the case? It made me think about how fragile life is and how easy it is to be seriously injured in a world where cars, trucks and big buses tend to block the intersection during a red light and force you into oncoming traffic to pass. Or simply follow the rhythms of traffic rather than obeying laws (which happens all the time in DC, Maryland and Virginia).
It's a scary thing. And I did notice, after some strenuous exercise over the weekend, that my left hip was misaligned slightly and I was in some pain/discomfort -which is a classic example of injuries creeping up after the fact. So you'd better believe I am going to visit the chiropractor this week so I can make my ballet class on Saturday.
Something like this also happened to one of our clients, a very good man, was hit as a pedestrian late last year and he has had and is requiring multiple surgeries and extensive rehabilitation. He won't be able to go back to work anytime soon, if he can ever go back to work in the same capacity.
It can happen to anyone at anytime.
If you have been one of these unlucky people be seriously injured on the road, as a pedestrian, or on a bike you might want to call us and see if you need help from an attorney. I'm not saying you do, but chances are that if you require surgery and rehabilitation your medical bills and lost wages will be piling up.
Give us a call today at 202-393-3320. And don't forget to order our free book on car accidents.
Brooke M. Birkey
Education and Client Services
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