Bicycle accidents are on the rise as more people opt to skip the traffic and commute by bike. It is a convenient, healthy, and inexpensive way to travel, but if a cyclist is involved in an accident, the injuries can be devastating and costly.
Some drivers don’t respect a cyclist’s right to share the road, and since bicycles are much smaller than your standard vehicle, drivers may not notice them. Conversely, some bicyclists do not realize they are required to obey the same traffic laws as drivers.
It is critical to know your rights. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a bicycle accident, the Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyers at The Barnes Firm can help. Call us or contact us for a free case evaluation.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
Bike accidents are on the rise in almost every state, despite being 100% preventable. Here are some of the most recent statistics:
- 818 cyclists are killed on U.S. roads each year.
- 1 million children are hospitalized for bicycle-related accidents yearly.
- 87% of those killed in bicycle accidents were men.
- 37% of all bicycle accidents involved a drunk driver or a drunk cyclist.
- 70% of all fatal bicycle accidents happen on urban streets.
Common Bicycle Accidents
An accident can happen anywhere, anytime, but the most bicycle accidents can be traced back to an inattentive driver:
- A car turning left or right, directly in front of a bicyclist.
- A vehicle entering the street from a driveway or parking lot.
- Driver fails to yield at an intersection (running a stop sign or traffic light).
- Driver was not paying attention while driving near a bicyclist.
- Driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Bike riders should practice defensive driving — even though they’re not behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. The best way to avoid a potential accident is to be aware of your surroundings and avoid inattentive drivers.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle crash in California, contact an experienced lawyer at The Barnes Firm for a free consultation.