If you like riding your bike around San Diego, you may benefit from learning more about bicycle safety and how accidents can occur. In addition to the risks, you should also consider the severity of the subsequent damages.
Recent data on bicycle accidents
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, bicyclists account for 2% of motor vehicle deaths, totaling just over 1,000 fatalities per year. More than 450,000 bicycle-related injuries are reported each year, and over 300,000 of these bicycle accidents include visits to the emergency room.
Risk factors for bicycle accidents
Most bicycle accidents occur between 12 p.m. and sundown. Nearly 40% of the deaths resulting from bicycle accidents involved cyclists or drivers under the influence of alcohol. Over 60% of the time, bicyclists aren’t wearing helmets. In most of these fatal accidents, the most serious injuries are inflicted on the head.
Riders at risk
In 2019, nearly 80% of bicyclists were killed in urban areas. Children and teenagers suffer the highest rate of non-fatal injuries. Men riding bicycles are four times more likely to get injured and six times more likely to die than women. If you or your child has been injured in a bicycle accident, it might be beneficial to file a personal injury claim.
Recovering from a bicycle accident
Legal counsel may help communicate with insurers and local authorities while you recover. A lawyer might be able to help you collect restitution for damages related to lost income, medical expenses or pain and suffering. Legal counsel may also be able to expedite the process and negotiate for a settlement that covers your losses.