In many ways, California exemplifies modern car culture with its system of modern freeways and parking facilities. Although most Californians cannot imagine life without a car, more and more people are using bicycles for daily transportation, exercise and recreation. Unfortunately, many drivers have not yet learned how to safely share the road with bicycles and this puts cyclists at risk for serious injury or death.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic fatalities involving bicycles increased nine percent between 2010 and 2011. In California, 4.1 percent of all traffic fatalities involved a pedalcyclist, compared to the national average of two percent. The 2011 NHTSA report also shows the following:
- 677 U. S. pedalcyclist fatalities
- 48,000 U. S. pedalcyclist injuries
- 114 California pedalcyclist fatalities
Most fatal bike accidents — 69 percent — occurred in an urban area, and while the highest injury rate was among those between the ages of 16 and 20, the group with the highest fatality rate were pedacyclists aged 45 to 54. Bikes are increasingly part of city transportation and they are not just for kids anymore.
Getting adequate compensation for an injury after a motor vehicle hits you on your bicycle requires the services of an experienced bicycle injury attorney who can perform a thorough investigation of the accident scene and help you recover damages for the full extent of your injuries.