Bicycle accident injuries are steadily increasing across the nation. Often, negligent drivers and poor road design contribute to injuries and even death.
The Numbers in California are Grim
According to a report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the number of bicyclists deaths in the U.S. rose by 16 percent between 2010 and 2012. With a total of 338 fatalities, California had the highest total number of cyclists killed in an accident involving a car in the study. The state also had one of the largest bicycle death increases, second only to Florida.
Stay Safe While Biking
Safety precautions are essential while both biking and driving. If biking, always wear a helmet and reflective gear, have lights while riding at night and ride defensively. Bikers should be aware of what roads are safe for cycling and which are not.
Negligence and Bicycle Accidents
Drivers, bikers, and poor road design contribute to bicycle accidents. In 2010, an alarmingly large number of fatally injured bicyclists over two-thirds were not wearing safety helmets and nearly 30 percent of bicyclists over the age of 16 had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 the legal limit and the level at which a person is impaired.
The GHSA report suggests that roads were primarily built to accommodate motor vehicles rather than cyclists and pedestrians. Furthermore, serious challenges are present when trying to accommodate a growing number of cyclists and pedestrians traveling where motor vehicles are the primary mode of transportation.
Many cities are slowing down speeds on biking routes, adding protective routes for cyclists, and using different colored paint for road lines.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Bicycle accident injury claims can be difficult to navigate. If you have been injured in a serious bicycle accident, and you are in need of legal representation, contact the Arnold Law Firm and schedule a free consultation with a trusted Sacramento personal injury lawyer at our law firm.