Bicycle Accidents Happen
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013 there were 743 cyclists killed and an estimated 48,000 injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes and when broken down by state, California leads the list with the most bicycle fatalities. Cyclist deaths account for 2 percent of all major motor vehicle traffic fatalities and injured cyclists make up 2 percent of all people injured in traffic crashes during the year. Cyclist fatalities have been rising steadily since 2010, a total of a 19 percent increase.
Cyclists in urban and suburban settings are most likely to be injured or killed in a traffic accident when compared to their rural counterparts. In a place like Rancho Cucamonga & San Bernardino in the Inland Empire, fatal bicycle accidents are statistically more likely to occur. In accidents like this, a wrongful death attorney can help.
Most Common Bicycle Accident Injuries – Bicycle accidents, especially those with a motorized vehicle, can cause life changing personal injuries. Although mandatory helmet laws and the use of safety equipment such as lights, flashers, reflectors and wearing brightly colored reflective clothing can reduce the risk of being struck by a driver on the road, there is still a significant risk of injury when an accident does occur. The most common injuries in bicycle accidents are as follows: Concussions, Traumatic brain injuries, Fractures of arms, legs and ribs, Spinal and neck injuries, Scrapes, cuts and contusions, often referred to as “road rash” and/or Internal bleeding and damage to vital organs.
Bicycle accident injuries can be more severe than other traffic accidents due to the exposed nature of the bicycle rider. While drivers and passengers in cars may be protected by a steel frame and seat belts, bicycle riders have none of the safety features as others who they share the road with.
Justin H. King – Bicycle Accident Attorney Serving Rancho Cucamonga
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents – Cyclists are put into a precarious position on the road. They are not motorized and do not travel as fast as cars, and as mentioned previously they do not have any of the safety features that minimize injuries when in a traffic accident. Despite these facts, cyclists must share the road with pedestrians, passenger vehicles, buses, and commercial freight traffic.
Mr. King helped us cope with an injury caused by an auto accident. Throughout the process he showed great integrity, intelligence, wisdom, and the right amount of aggressiveness to get the job done. He conducted himself as a real gentlemen. Finally, he was easy to stay in contact with, was not handing us over to assistants or lower-level attorneys to keep us out of his hair. You dealt with him personally the whole way through, and he was honest about what he thought was reasonable and realistic, and what was a strategy that science and medicine could support. (We have science/medicine backgrounds.) We came out of the process with an excellent outcome so that we could try to keep our lives on the same path as before the injuries, and he always tried to reduce the stress by reaching out to us along the way. We are very pleased that we selected Mr. King and recommend him most highly!
Sharing the road with other vehicles is the cause of almost all fatal and serious bicycle accidents. While California law allows for bicyclists to share the road with traffic, much confusion exists among both drivers and riders as to how to regard each other. Many cyclists are struck when drivers in passenger vehicles make left hand turns while only taking notice of vehicle traffic. Others collide with cyclists at intersections. In some cities and towns where bicycle lanes have been implemented, many drivers fail to respect the driving lane boundaries and inadvertently strike cyclists. When accidents result, a personal injury attorney both familiar with bike accidents and auto injury accidents provide help for victims.
Cycling Accidents & Medical Bills – While the amount of medical bills that a person will accumulate depends on the type of accident and the severity of their injuries, any trip to the hospital or doctor puts you in a position you do not want to be in. The average hospital stay per day in California costs the patient $2,700, the third highest in the Nation. That figure does not include the cost of surgeries or special procedures. A week-long stay in a California hospital is likely to cost the patient almost $19,000.
This figure does not take into account the fact that the initial treatment for the immediate injuries sustained after a bicycle accident is just the beginning when it comes to visiting doctors. There is also the cost for rehabilitation and any disabilities or lingering effects of the traffic accident had on the injured.
During the recovery period, it is unlikely that the injured is working. This means that the bicycle accident victim may not be able to work full time or at all depending on their injury. This can cause a loss in quality of life. Coupled with the pain and mental anguish that the injured is experiencing, one accident can completely change a person’s life for the worst.
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