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When a Bicyclist is Injured in an Accident

Many individuals ride a bike to go to work or for morning exercise. This is one way to keep them selves fit and healthy, as well as to enjoy the many other benefits of bicycles. However, like motorcycle riders, bicyclists should know that they too face higher risks of crash-related injuries and death compared to motor vehicle occupants.

In 2013, 900 bicyclists died, while an estimated 494,000 were rushed to emergency department due to accidents. In 2014, with the Educational Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety programs introduced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of fatal bicycle accidents went down by 20% to 720.

Separate studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reveal the following facts:

  • Adolescents and young adults whose ages range from 15 to 29 and adults 45 years and older are the
    most common victims in fatal bicycle accidents.
  • Children aged between 5 and 14 and those between 15 and 24 years old have the highest rates of non-
    fatal bicycle-related injuries.
  • The top two cities where the highest number of male cyclists get killed every year (in accidents involving bicycles and motor vehicles) are California and Florida. Add Illinois, New York, Michigan and Texas and all six cities account for 54% of all cycling fatalities from 2010 to 2012 which total to
    2,023 (621 in 2010; ;680 in 2011; and, 722 in 2012).
  • Two major contributing factors to bicyclist deaths are failure to wear a helmet and alcohol-impairment.

The most common causes of accidents between cars and bicycles include: cars that fail to yield to bicycles, distracted drivers, swerving drivers, drunk drivers, cars that fail to utilize their side or rear-view mirrors, and cars that fail to use turn signals.

Many states implement the bicycle helmet law for children and adults for the added safety a helmet can provide, which is reduced risk of head and brain injuries in the event of a crash. Despite wearing a helmet or being extra careful, however, some motor vehicle drivers are not concerned with the safety of bicycle riders, thus, they do not bother to check for the possible presence of one when they are driving.

Personal Injury lawyers, such as those from the Mazin & Associates, PC law firm, say, “Cars and vehicles are a valuable asset for independent individuals. They enable people to travel, earn wages, engage in social activities, and have the freedom of going wherever they please. However, car accidents happen far too frequently, resulting in expensive car repairs, lost wages, and even death or serious injury. When a car accident is the fault of one specific party, it is greatly unfair to expect the innocent party to waste their time and resources dealing with the situation, especially in the event of a wrongful death.”

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