San Diego, CA- Bicycles are a great to great way to get around. People increasingly use them as their primary means of transportation, and why not? Bicycling is economical and environmentally friendly; it’s beneficial to your health, and it’s far less expensive than driving a car. But there is a downside, bicycles must share the road with automobiles and that can have disastrous results when a collision occurs.
Some quick facts about bicycle accidents:
- According to the NHTSA, 677 bicyclists were killed in traffic accidents in 2011.
- In the same year, 38,000 bicyclists were in injured in traffic accidents.
- Eighty percent of fatal bicycle accidents involved men.
- The majority of bicycle accident victims are 41 or older.
- Two thirds of bicycle accidents occur in urban areas.
Overall, bicycle accidents are far less common than auto collisions, but the resulting injuries can be devastating. A bicyclist can be flung onto a vehicle hood or windshield or the ground. It isn’t uncommon for bicyclists to suffer debilitating injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, which can lead to partial of full paralysis. Broken bones are typical with some accident victims suffering multiple breaks. If the force of a collision is strong enough, the injuries suffered can be deadly.
With limited protection, cyclists are far more vulnerable and will get the worst of the impact when they are struck by a car. If you’ve been injured in an auto/bicycle accident, don’t hesitate to contact a California accident attorney.
When it comes to blame, both motorists and bicyclists can be careless or take unnecessary risks that put others in jeopardy. Bicycle accidents are common at intersections either because a bicyclist fails to obey traffic signals or motorists are unaware a bicyclists is near or entering the intersection they are turning into. Motorists can also stop suddenly, ignoring the fact that bicycle doesn’t have the same braking capabilities an auto does.
Another common way motorists injure bicyclist is by opening a car door in their path. If the bicyclist is traveling fast enough, a car door can send them flying over their bike and onto the ground. Even worse and bicyclist can be flung into oncoming traffic where they risk being struck by another vehicle.
Opening a door on a cyclist: When a driver opens their car door into the path of a bicycle, the rider can be thrown off their bike or knocked over into oncoming traffic, causing them to suffer serious injuries.
Traveling at unsafe speeds, distraction, inattention, intoxication and are behaviors bicyclists and motorists are guilty of. If they injure anyone of a result, they must take responsibility for their actions. That can mean citations and possible civil action on behalf of their victims.
A bicycle accident can change the course of someone’s life in mere moments. If a driver made a mistake that cost you dearly, a San Diego accident attorney can protect your well-being, by getting them compensation that reflects the harm you and your family suffered.