Risks Faced by Bicycle Riders due to Uncaring and Irresponsible Motor Vehicle Drivers

Risks Faced by Bicycle Riders due to Uncaring and Irresponsible Motor Vehicle Drivers

More American now choose to leave their car in the driveway and cover the pavement instead on their bicycle, whether to go to work or to run an errand. This choice is not healthy and environment friendly, but can also be faster and much cheaper. Despite these and the many other benefits of riding a bicycle, however, one must not forget of the dangers that a bicyclist can be exposed to, such as pollution (especially if you ride on very busy roads) and the many kinds of road hazards, like defective roads and, most especially, uncaring motorists, who do not see you or those who think you should not be sharing the road with them.

In 2013, there were 900 bicyclists who died in traffic accidents, while an estimated 494,000 were rushed to emergency department after collision with another motor vehicle. In 2014, the number of fatal bicycle accidents went down to 720, 20% lower compared to the previous year, thanks to the educational Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety programs introduced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Separate studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reveal the following facts:

  • Adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 29 and adults 45 years and older are the most common victims in fatal bicycle accidents.
  • Children aged between 5 and 14 and those between 15 and 24 years old have the highest rates of non-fatal bicycle-related injuries.
  • The top two cities where the highest number of male cyclists get killed every year (in accidents involving bicycles and motor vehicles) are California and Florida. Add Illinois, New York, Michigan and Texas and all six cities account for 54% of all cycling fatalities from 2010 to 2012 which total to 2,023.
  • The two major contributing factors to bicyclist deaths are failure to wear a helmet and alcohol-impairment.

Many states implement the bicycle helmet law for children and adults due to the added safety that a helmet can provide, which is reduce the risk of head and brain injuries in the event of a crash. Despite wearing a helmet or being extra careful, however, some motor vehicle drivers are not just too concerned for the safety of bicycle riders, thus, not bothering to check for the possible presence of one when they are driving.

According to the law firm Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., “Because bicycles offer little to no protection, bicycle riders are often seriously injured when collisions occur with other vehicles. Unfortunately, vehicle operators do not always drive safely around bicyclists, and accidents are not uncommon. Some of the dangers of bicycle accidents include: broken bones, head and neck injuries, heavy bruising, skin infections, spinal injuries, or death

The medical costs and recovery time associated with these injuries can be significant. Fortunately, however, you do not have to face this situation alone. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you may be able to seek financial compensation from the liable parties with the help of a personal injury attorney.”

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