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Bike accidents account for 2% of all traffic fatalities. Research suggests that, since 1932, more than 50,000 cyclists have been killed in traffic accidents. Bicycling is a pleasant pastime, excellent form of exercise, and efficient means of transportation – but bicycling can be dangerous.
In a large city like Austin, heavy traffic increases the likelihood of a car, pedestrian, and bicycle accidents. Research suggests that passenger vehicles, public transportation (buses), and commercial trucks are three of the most common vehicles involved in bicycle accidents.
What Type of Negligence Leads to a Bicycle Accident?
Because of the small amount of protection given to bicyclists, accidents with vehicles and cyclists can easily lead a serious injury or fatality. Contributing factors might include:
- Distracted Drivers (Texting, Etc.)
- Driver Visibility
- Traffic Violations (Red Lights, Etc.)
Sometimes, mistakes on the part of the bicyclist lead to traffic accidents. For example, a bicyclist could cause a wreck by failing to adhere to traffic signals or riding on the wrong side of the road. If you suffered an injury or the loss of a loved one in an avoidable bicycle accident, you may be able to collect financial compensation for your damages. This includes compensation for medical expenses, doctor’s visits, missed wages, and any noneconomic costs.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
Research suggests that environmental factors (such as road conditions and the weather) are not typically responsible for traffic accident injuries and fatalities. In other words, human error is the leading cause for car, truck, and bicycle accidents.
One study revealed that most (70%) bicyclists are concerned about traffic accidents, while only 21% are worried about crime. The National Highway Traffic Safety administration (NHTSA) states that hundreds of cyclists are killed in traffic accidents every year. In the past decade (from 2001 to 2010), the annual number of bicycle accident fatalities decreased from 732 to 618. While the average number of cyclist fatalities fell, the traffic collisions are still a serious concern for bicycle enthusiasts across the nation.
Avoiding Cyclist Fatalities
Statistically, dusk is the most dangerous time of day for bicyclists. As the sun sets, drivers tend to experience difficulties with visibility, increasing the risk of car-bicycle traffic collisions and fatalities. To avoid fatal accidents, the NHTSA recommends that all cyclists wear properly fitted bicycle helmets. Helmets should be worn during every bike ride.
Motorists should consciously share the road with bike riders. If a driver refuses to share the road, he / she can be held responsible for any ensuing injuries, deaths, or accidents. Careless drivers are responsible for many bicycle accidents and deaths in the United States. To avoid hitting a cyclist, drivers should always be prepared to yield the right of way to bike riders when necessary and always check for cyclists before and during turns.
Contact the Loewy Law Firm for a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love suffered a serious injury in a bicycle accident, Attorney Adam Loewy can help you collect the financial compensation that you need and deserve. At the firm, Attorney Loewy is committed to helping his clients seek justice for their suffering through effective personal injury and wrongful death law suits.