BICYCLE ACCIDENTS

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.

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Bike Accidents: The Statistics

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shares exactly how dangerous bike accidents can be with the following statistics:

2%

About two percent of all traffic fatalities are bicyclists.

1975

Since 1975, the fatality rate for bicyclists who are 20 and older has tripled.

2010

Bike accident fatalities have increased by 38 percent since 2010.

2018

In 2018, there were 854 fatal bike accidents, which represents a 7 percent increase over 2017.

2018

In 2018, bike fatalities peaked during evening rush hour (from 6 PM to 9 PM).

2018

In 2018, 79 percent of bike accident fatalities happened in urban areas.

2018

In 2018, 37 percent of bike accident fatalities happened in intersections.

Head Injuries

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:

The size differential between you and the other vehicles on the road is immense, which significantly increases the risk that you will be seriously injured in any ensuing accident.

When you’re on your bike, you enter the flow of traffic with other vehicles, but your size makes you much more difficult to see – and you typically can’t keep up with the speed of traffic. This combination of risks can prove deadly.

When you’re on your bike, you don’t have the outer shell of a car to protect you from the impact of an accident, which leaves you extremely vulnerable even in relatively minor accidents.

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.

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Driver Negligence Endangers Bicyclists

You are especially vulnerable to driver negligence when you’re on your bike, and such negligence can include:

Distraction – When a driver is paying attention to anything other than driving safely, it greatly increases the risk that the driver will fail to see a bicyclist in his or her midst. In order to safely share the roads with bikes, motorists need to be on the lookout for them, and distractions have no safe place in this equation. One of the most prevalent and most dangerous distractions is the smartphone. In fact, reading or writing a text takes an average of 5 seconds, which is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field (at highway speeds) without paying attention to the road ahead.

Impairment – Impaired drivers are notoriously dangerous drivers. The effects of alcohol can impair a motorist’s vision, decrease his or her coordination, and increase his or her reaction time – all of which can prove disastrous for bicyclists. Drivers who refuse to give up the life-threatening practice of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs make our roads more dangerous for everyone.

Speed – Excess speed plays far too prominent a role in dangerous traffic accidents of every kind, including bike accidents. Speed makes accidents more likely and increases the likely severity of those accidents. Motorists are responsible for maintaining a speed that is safe given the current condition of the road (including the effects of bad weather). Motorists who speed allow themselves less time to react safely, and this includes responding safely to bicyclists on the road.

Exhaustion – Motorists who get behind the wheel while experiencing the effects of too little sleep suffer some of the same effects that impaired drivers do, such as increased reaction times and decreased concentration. Drowsy drivers are less likely to notice bicycles in their midst, and when they do, they take longer to react safely.

Aggression – Aggression takes driver negligence to an entirely new plane. Aggressive drivers allow their aggressions – rather than safety – to guide them, which endangers everyone but leaves bicyclists that much more at risk. Excess speed is the hallmark of aggressive driving, but aggressive drivers tend to engage in multiple forms of dangerous driving at any one time. While no two aggressive drivers are ever exactly alike, some of the most common forms of aggressive driving include tailgating, zipping in and out of lanes, refusing to yield the right-of-way, ignoring traffic lights and other signals, antagonizing other motorists (or bicyclists) with obscene taunts and/or gestures, and more. It’s difficult to overstate exactly how dangerous aggressive drivers can be.

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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