Portland, OR- Motorists and bicyclists can be at odds with each other as they struggle share the same roads.  The prevailing wisdom is that with more cyclists on the road, the likelihood of more traffic collisions increases. A recent study disproves that notion and actually shows that more bicyclists on the roads actually decreases the number of traffic accidents.
Researchers at Colorado University-Denver found that intersections that saw at least 200 bicyclists a day has decreased incidents of collisions. The findings of this study comport with similar studies from Europe.
Researches came up with the results after study several of the busiest intersections in Boulder, a college town with where 12 percent of the population commutes by bike.
Many people may wonder: Why does having more bikes on the road make them safer? Researchers aren’t certain, but they have a couple of theories. One reason may be that with more bicyclists on the road, motorists are more vigilant and pay closer attention to their driving. The other theory is that bicyclists tend to frequent safer intersections.
This study shows that motorists and bicyclists can share the road and we may all be safer as a result. Nonetheless, bicycle and car accidents will never be totally eliminated and victims of these accidents will continue to need advocates.
Bicycle vs. car accidents have many causes and the negligent parties can be either a bicyclist or a motorists. There are no solid facts on who is typically to blame in a bicycle-car accident, it appears both motorists and bicyclists can be equally culpable and take unnecessary risks.
The majority of bicycle accidents occur at intersections and in many cases collisions are a result of either the bicyclist or the motorist ignoring the other’s right of way. Either a motorist or a bicyclist dart into an intersection in the other’s path. The party that failed to yield is responsible for any injuries That means if the bicyclist didn’t yield they must pay for any damage to a vehicle or person that results and vice versa.
Bicyclists are supposed to follow the same traffic laws as motorists so when they violate those rules and an accident results,they may be on the hook for any resulting injuries or property damage.
On the other hand, if a motorist causes serious harm to a bicyclist, they may be facing off with accident attorneys and insurers. A collision with a car can leave a bicyclist with serious injuries running the gamut from a broken bone to a traumatic brain injury. Several hundred bicyclists are killed in accidents across the U.S. each year.
When an injured bicyclist needs compensation, they can rely on a personal injury attorney to build a strong claim on their behalf. A Portland accident attorney knows that in the aftermath of a serious accident, a person may be confused about how they will pay their bills and what they need to do. They will carefully listen to the details of your accident and determine the best way to approach their client’s case.

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