In 2010 in the U.S., almost 800 bicyclists were killed and there were an estimated 515,000 emergency department visits due to bicycle-related injuries. Data from 2005 show fatal and non-fatal crash-related injuries to bicyclists resulted in lifetime medical costs and productivity losses of $5 billion.
What are the major risk factors?
• Adolescents (15-24 years) and adults aged 45 years and older have the highest bicycle death rates.
• Children (5-14 years), adolescents, and young adults (15-24 years) have the highest rates of nonfatal bicycle-related injuries, accounting for almost 60% of all bicycle-related injuries seen in U.S. emergency departments.
• Males are much more likely to be killed or injured on bicycles than are females.
• Most bicyclist deaths occur in urban areas and at non-intersection locations.
Bicycle Accidents are Different than Car Crashes
Accidents involving a bicyclist often times cause serious injury or death. The issues which arise in these cases are different than those in accidents which involve only cars. Circumstances surrounding the collision, the conduct of the driver of the car, the conduct of the bicyclist and the nature of the injury suffered all affect whether compensation can be recovered. Specific conduct attributable to the driver of a motor vehicle include:
* Dangerous Turning
* Dangerous Crossing
* Disregarding Bike Paths
* Opening Car Doors
* Overestimating the Braking Ability of a Bicyclist
* Underestimating Bike Speed
It is important that the victim of a bicycle-car collision discuss the nature of the collision with an attorney so that the issues specific to that claim may be considered. A Statute of Limitations restricts the time to file a personal injury lawsuit, so it is important to consult an attorney as soon as possible following such an injury. We have litigated cases on behalf of injured bicyclists and understand the issues which arise. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury as a result of a bicycle wreck, you may be eligible to file a legal claim and pursue compensation. Contact us for a free consultation.
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