Cycling is quickly becoming one of the modes of transportation that many are promoting for health reasons. But if you take into consideration the number of people involved in a bicycle accident, as well as the injuries and fatalities associated with it, you need to be cautious when riding a bicycle on our roads.
In California alone, bicycle accident statistics are quite alarming. In fact, when ranked according to the total bike accident fatalities all over the nation, the state many times ranks either first or second.
Being the first state to pass a bicycle helmet law, you would think that the number of accidents and deaths should have dropped. But the latest figures tell a different story.
If you put together the figures from the rest of the United States, you would want to put away your bicycle until better safety measures are put in place.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is responsible for collecting statistics for roadway accidents but the only bicycle accidents they list are those that involve motor vehicles.
Facts and figures from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) helped bring together more information that cyclists in California should know.
The District of Columbia and 22 other states in the US have bicycle helmet laws. In California, the law specifies that a helmet must be worn by everyone under the age of 18 when riding a bicycle.
Despite the law being enforced, cycling injuries where the rider doesn’t wear a helmet are plenty.
Clearly, many still violate the bicycle helmet law and end up with long-term consequences.
Other figures have shown:
It is clear that bicycle accidents, deaths, and injuries are common but not many know enough about it, resulting in victims not receiving maximum compensation. In the event that you get involved in a bicycle accident, make sure to contact an experience lawyer. Get a free consultation from a bicycle accident attorney today from Shamon Law.
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