Bicycling is a favorite pastime for many Californians, not only because it is a great way to exercise, but it also helps to reduce stress and is a great form of relaxation. Unfortunately, cyclists are not spared from the dangers on the road, and they run the risk of obtaining serious injuries when involved in an accident.
According to a fact sheet published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, bicycle accidents have been on the rise since 2009. Additionally, the agency reports that in 2017, approximately 800 cyclists were killed in traffic accidents. When a bike accident is caused as a result of another’s reckless or negligent actions, the opportunity for compensation may be possible.
The Different Causes of Bike Accidents
Even as most cities across the state move toward becoming bicycle safety jurisdictions, the reality is that cyclists share the road with large automobiles. Even when cyclists are careful and take a defensive approach when out for a ride, their degree of safety will greatly depend on their surroundings and those they share the road with. The following are common causes of bicycle accidents in California:
Hazardous Roadway Conditions
Many cities throughout California have designed and constructed infrastructure set to promote bicycle safety; however, not every city is the same. Bicycle accidents can occur when there is a lack of bike lanes or when the road’s surface has become deteriorated. A rough road surface, for example, can cause a cyclist to lose control of the bike. Although even the slightest road bumps can be dangerous for cyclists, for many large vehicles, the road bumps will be undetectable. This can lead to dangerous roadway conditions that can go unfixed for many years.
Driver Distraction and Human Error
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, driver distraction is the leading cause of traffic accidents in the nation. When a driver diverts his or her attention off the road, he or she can hit a cyclist without even realizing it. Driver distraction can occur as a result of: Boredom or fatigue, Eating while driving, Driving while under the influence, Switching through the radio, Texting on talking on the phone, or Talking with other passengers in the vehicle.
Sadly, far too many bicycle accidents occur as a result of impatient drivers who become irritated and intentionally exhibit dangerous behavior that places all those around them at risk of serious injury. Aggressive behavior, such as speeding or running through red lights leads to catastrophic injuries for bike riders. According to the NHTSA, bike riders are more likely to be killed when the accident involves a speeding vehicle.
After a Bike Accident, Protect Your Right to Monetary Compensation
If you were injured while riding your bicycle, you should know that any person who contributed to or directly caused the accident could be held accountable for your injuries. Depending on the severity of the accident, bike accident cases can often lead to incapacitation, loss of income, and emotional distress. Speak to an experienced litigator who will champion on your behalf and help you obtain the compensation you truly deserve.
The experienced litigators at RM Law Group, LLP are exceptionally qualified in complex bicycle accident cases. The firm thrives in helping injured victims obtain a full compensation for their losses. Consider scheduling a free consultation with RM Law Group, LLP today by calling (888) 765-2902 today.