The sprawling city of Los Angeles has many beautiful designated areas for bicyclists and has seemingly endless miles of bike lanes. Bikes are a great way to get around, to enjoy our beautiful weather all year round, to fit in some exercise, and to do your part for the environment. Bike accidents, however, are some of the deadliest of all traffic accidents (which are a dangerous lot, to begin with). When you’re on your bike, you have nothing but your safety helmet to protect you from the immense impact of an accident involving a much larger and heavier vehicle. If a motorist’s negligence causes you to be injured in a bike accident, you shouldn’t wait to consult with an experienced Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney.REQUEST A FREE CONSULTATION
Bike Accidents: The Statistics
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shares exactly how dangerous bike accidents can be with the following statistics:
About two percent of all traffic fatalities are bicyclists.
Since 1975, the fatality rate for bicyclists who are 20 and older has tripled.
Bike accident fatalities have increased by 38 percent since 2010.
In 2018, there were 854 fatal bike accidents, which represents a 7 percent increase over 2017.
In 2018, bike fatalities peaked during evening rush hour (from 6 PM to 9 PM).
In 2018, 79 percent of bike accident fatalities happened in urban areas.
In 2018, 37 percent of bike accident fatalities happened in intersections.
The injuries that are most closely associated with bike accident fatalities are head injuries.
The Risk Factors
When you’re on your bike, there are a significant number of risk factors that directly apply, including:
All motorists are charged with a duty of care that amounts to sharing the road safely with everyone on them, including bicyclists. This means that, despite the risk factors presented by bicyclists, drivers are responsible for safely accommodating them.
Intersections Present a Special Challenge
Intersections represent the confluence of traffic coming from all directions, and they’re naturally among the most dangerous sections of our roads. When motorists prioritize passing through intersections as quickly as possible – instead of prioritizing moving through intersections safely – they put everyone in those intersections at increased risk. Because you’re more difficult to see when you’re on your bike, you are extremely vulnerable to negligent motorists in intersections.
Driver Negligence Endangers Bicyclists
You are especially vulnerable to driver negligence when you’re on your bike, and such negligence can include:
Don’t Put Off Consulting with an Experienced Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Attorney
If a negligent driver leaves you injured in a bike accident, the formidable bicycle accident attorneys at Kash Legal Group in LA are on your side and are committed to aggressively and skillfully advocating on behalf of your best interests. Our legal team has impressive reserves of experience successfully guiding bicycle accident claims toward just resolutions, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us for more information today.
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