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Billings car accident injures woman bicyclist

Most personal injury claims are filed due to vehicular accidents,. Many accidents involve collisions between two vehicles, but in some auto accidents, vehicles strike bicyclists.

Recently a 49-year-old Billings woman was involved in a car accident. The woman was hit by a car at the intersection of Hewitt Drive and Gorham Park Drive. According to the police report, the woman was riding her bicycle eastbound on Hewitt Drive when a westbound car turned onto Gorham Park Drive and collided with the bicycle.

The woman sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. The Billings Police reported that the driver of the vehicle received citation for making an improper turn.

In such accidents, bicyclists rarely suffer only minor injuries because of the size difference between a bicycle and a typical auto. In addition, a bicyclist riding along the side of the road has minimal protection if hit by a vehicle. Such collisions often result in serious injuries or even death.

Car accidents that cause injuries either to bicyclists or to other drivers may happen for various reasons. Failure to obey traffic laws, speeding, negligence and reckless driving are all possible contributing factors. If any of these factors are proved to have caused the accident, the driver may be responsible for damages.

Victims of motor vehicle accidents may experience economic and emotional difficulties and may be entitled to receive compensation for their losses and financial burden. Compensation may be for victims' hospitalization, lost wages and other expenses related to their recovery, as well as for emotional distress.

Source: Billings Gazette, "1 hospitalized after bicyclist hit by vehicle," Mar. 9, 2013

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