Motorcycle and Bicycle Accidents: Cyclists-Get a Garmin!
For over 25 years Grazian and Volpe has represented the victims of motorcyle accidents and bicycle accidents. Perhaps the scariest and most consistent feature of these accidents is that the cyclist often suffers a loss of memory rendering them unable to recount the reasons and events of their accident. Unfortunately, the personal injuries suffered by cyclists are often serious and the mental anxieties experienced when a victim has suffered a memory loss often cause the most concern. Many of our clients are concerned that the passed out before the crash – indicating a heart condition – or suffered a brain injury not detected at the hospital (see Grazian and Volpe, myaccidentlaw.com/blog, Brain injuries, Concussion). As accident lawyers, we may be saddled with the unsavory task of reconstructing much of the accident through the patterns of damage on the helmet, gear or the break and wound pathology of the victim. Often the driver of the motor vehicle involved in the accident has an advantage in recounting the details of the accident – and usually in the light most favorable to themselves.
Enter the GPS! Recent litigation in the area of motorcycle accidents and bicycle accidents have utilized the information provided by GPS systems employed by the bikers and cyclists to re-construct the true course of the accident. While the GPS systems may be utilized by all sides of a motor vehicle accident, they are certainly altering the way both car and motorcycle and bicycle claims are settled. We predict a booming industry for a new breed of expert and know that it is now crucial that accident lawyers and insurance companies know how to obtain and analyze the data produced by GPS technology.
In Chicago, Grazian and Volpe has found that this data is crucial in reconstructing the accident as well has jogging the cyclist’s memory and facilitating their ability to piece together the details of the crash. The heart monitors tell us that the cyclist did not suffer a loss of consciousness (leading to the accident) and gives the cyclist piece of mind as to their health of their heart. Additional information taken from the GPS may be the location and direction of the cyclist, the existence of road obstructions, and time of accident.
It is an unfortunate fact of life that motorcyclist and bicyclists suffer the worse end of any motor vehicle crash and have the added insult of often suffering memory loss due to their higher incidence of head injury. We now recommend that all our cyclist clients travel with GPS and go even so far to recommend our motorcyle clients travel with the heart monitor. It is always better to prevent an accident but if you can’t stay safe-stay with your Chicago and South Chicago accident lawyers at Grazian and Volpe! Please follow John Grazian on WCIU, You and Me in the Mornings on the first Tuesday of every month where he fields your personal injury and workers’ injuries questions or feel free to call us directly where consultations are always free and just for your benefit!