Bicycle Accident

Bicycling, as both a mode of transportation and of recreation, is on the rise across the country. But with this growing popularity comes a growing number of injuries and deaths due to bicycle accidents.

Recent data that illustrates the danger includes:

Statistics on the age, gender, and location of bicycle crashes are enlightening as well:

  • In 2012 the average age of bicyclists killed in accident with vehicles was 43 years old.
  • 88% of people killed in bicycle crashes were male.
  • 69% of fatal bike crashes occurred in urban areas; 30% occurred between 4-8 p.m.
  • 24% of bicyclists killed in crashes had Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08 g/dL or higher.

When a bicycle crash results in injury, the data illustrates clearly that collisions with vehicles is the greatest danger to bicyclists:

  • In 2012, nearly one third of injury bicycle crashes happen in a collision with a motor vehicle;
  • 17% of injuries occurred when the bicyclist fell;
  • 13% happened in a bike crash caused by uneven or unrepaired roadways;
  • 13% were due to rider error or inattention.

When someone is injured or killed in a bicycle crash, very often there is a dispute over the cause and circumstances around the collision. It is crucial to gather as much evidence from the crash scene and witnesses, to ensure that an accident claim will be successful to help the injured person recover both physically and financially from the costs of medical bills and missed work. When a crash is fatal, this information is equally important for a wrongful death claim. In most circumstances, it is crucial to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more about your rights and options.

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Portland, OR

Tips for motorists on sharing the road with bicyclists

As the weather warms, more people take their bicycles on the road, for commuting to work, helping the environment, exercise, recreation, and to save on automobile expenses. As bicycling gains in popularity, also on the rise is the likelihood of a crash with a car, truck, or other vehicle – and, so often, these crashes result in serious injury or death to the cyclist involved. In sharing the road with bicyclists, motorists can do a few simple things to make everyone's journey safer. Click here for tips on how to avoid common errors that drivers sometimes make that can result in serious injury or death.

Portland, OR

Be careful when transporting fragile goods: wear a bicycle helmet

Did you know that some cities do not require bicyclists to wear helmets? There is no state law mandating their use, either. This is surprising, due to statistics showing that “helmet use has been estimated to reduce head injury risk by 85 percent,” according to the Bicycle Safety Helmet Institute, a volunteer advocacy group. Go here to learn how helmets protect you, and why you should never get on your bike without one.

Denver, CO

Denver bicycling crashes – knowing the law will help improve safety

As I work with bicycle crash victims, I hear everyday about how my clients get injured and killed, and often a bike crash is caused by a misunderstanding of the bicycle laws and regulations on the books. When all bikers, drivers, and pedestrians have a complete understanding of the rules of the road (and bike lane and sidewalk), then I believe the bicycle crash statistics will begin to come down.

Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, CA

Elk Grove Bicycling Accidents

The intersection of Laguna Boulevard and Bruceville Road reported a total of four bike-on-car accidents that year.  That is more than any other intersection in the county.  This same intersection ranked number five in total automobile crashes in the county.  When presented with statistics like this, it’s easy to conclude that Laguna Boulevard and Bruceville Road may be a problematic intersection and one that should be avoided whenever possible.  If there is a safer route available, why not find it and use it? Read more here...

Tips for motorists on sharing the road with bicyclists

As bicycling gains in popularity, also on the rise is the likelihood of a crash with a car, truck, or other vehicle – and, so often, these crashes result in serious injury or death to the cyclist involved. According to the NHTSA, while overall passenger vehicle deaths decreased in 2012, bicyclist fatalities increased. Bicyclists injured in accidents with a vehicle also rose during this time. In sharing the road with bicyclists, motorists can do a few simple things to make everyone's journey safer. 

Be careful when transporting fragile goods: wear a bicycle helmet

While helmet usage is not mandated in every city, if you ride your bicycle, you should wear one every time. Aside from concussions that can cause the brain to swell and/or fluid to collect leading to brain damage, the descriptions of what happens when a brain is impacted are quite gruesome. An extremely violent rotation of the head, where the brain remains stationary, can tear up blood vessels and nerves fueling this precious organ. That is one possible consequence of a bicycle accident. Click to learn more about  bicycle helmet use

Detroit, MI

How car door collisions can seriously injure bicyclists

One common type of bicycle accident that can cause severe injuries is often referred to as “dooring.” This type of accident happens when a motorist suddenly opens a car door without watching and a bicyclist cannot stop before crashing into the car door. Michigan law prohibits a driver from opening their car door into the flow of traffic, which includes bicycles. To learn more about bicycle collisions caused by “dooring,” go here.