Bicycles are a convenient mode of transportation and they’re good for the environment, but they can be a dangerous method of getting around when the cyclist isn’t riding safely or when pedestrians and car drivers aren’t paying attention.
Bicycle accidents require special attention because there is always more to them than meets the eye. Several factors can play a key factor in the cause and severity of the accident, including:
The Los Angeles Times claimed that “if you are going to be killed by a car while riding a bicycle, there’s a good chance you are male, older than 20, and living in California or Florida.” They examined findings released by the Governors Highway Association (GHSA), which reported that U.S. bicyclist deaths increased by 12% between 2010 and 2012.
The GHSA also found a number of other statistics related to bicycle accidents. The numbers for California are particularly staggering:
The article concluded that cycle paths provide the safest space for bicyclists. Cities that do not have many cycle paths should consider building more bike lanes, using bike boxes, and building separate traffic signals for bicycles and motor vehicles.
One of the most important safety precautions for anyone riding a bike is to wear a helmet. Helmets reduce the risk of head and brain injuries and can prevent an accident from resulting in a fatality. Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other bicycle safety tips include:
Visibility is a key factor in minimizing bicycle accidents. Riders of all ages can benefit from wearing fluorescent or retro-reflective clothing, using active lighting, and, of course, wearing a helmet.
If you’ve been in a bicycle accident, you need a friendly and experienced lawyer on your side. The attorneys at Holland & Holland in La Habra, California can educate and guide you throughout your case, helping you achieve the best outcome possible. Contact us today for a consultation.