According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bicycle trips account for only 1% of all trips in the United States. However, bicyclists face a higher risk of crash related injury and deaths than occupants in motor vehicles. In 2015 in the United States, over 1,000 bicyclists died and there were almost 467,000 bicycle-related injuries. Furthermore, data from 2010 show fatal and non-fatal crash-related injuries to bicyclists resulted in lifetime medical costs and productivity losses of $10 billion. If you are an injured cyclist, you should contact one of the attorneys at Anthony Smith Law who will protect your right to file an insurance claim and will fight for your right to receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.
Bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles are scary. Cars are faster and heavier than bicycles and cyclists are no match for the speed or weight of cars trucks or vans. After this type of accident, the cyclist is just glad to be alive but you still have rights. Do not avoid seeking a medical examination, getting a copy of the police report, and to seek legal counsel to protect these rights. Bicycle accidents can result in serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Liability for bike accident injuries is negligence whether the driver’s negligence caused the cyclist’s injuries or whether the cyclist’s negligence caused or contributed to the accident. Severe injuries can result from this type of accident including broken bones, facial disfigurement, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and death. Contact an attorney at Anthony-Smith Law for a free initial consultation, Let us review your claim.
How To Prevent Bicycle Accidents And Injuries:
To prevent bicycle accidents and injuries, these are some safety tips:
- The bicycle should be the appropriate size for the rider.
- Always wear a bicycle safety helmet which must be federally approved. According to a study, riders without helmets are 14 times more likely to suffer from fatal head injuries compared to those who are wearing head protection.
- Riders should follow the same traffic laws as motorist. They should stop at red lights; should not use the walkway; and ride with the flow of traffic.
- To make themselves visible to other motorists especially during night, riders should wear bright clothing. Their bicycles should also have reflectors that will allow other road users to see them.
- Riders should maintain a safe distance to parked cars to prevent being hit by doors which may open.
- When crossing a pedestrian lane, riders should get off their bicycles.
- Bicycle riders, just like any motorists, should have 100 percent of their focus on the road and not be distracted by electronics.
- Respect the right of way of pedestrians.
- Riders should base their speed on the road condition and volume of traffic.
- Make sure to use the proper hand signals when stopping, turning, or changing lanes.
- Be extra careful when crossing intersections.
- Use the whole lane to make yourself visible and predictable to other motorists.
- Riders should be extra careful when there is a passing truck or bus which has larger blind spot (rear area of a vehicle where drivers cannot see any object from their side mirrors) than a passenger car.