Despite many motorists apparently believing that they own the roads, this is simply not true. Pedestrians and cyclists have just as much right to use the roads as their motorized counterparts do, and even more so while within designated areas. If you have chosen a bicycle as your mode of transport around San Bernardino for any one of the arrays of potential reasons, you are probably all too aware of your vulnerability if pitted against a car, truck, bus, or another vehicle. Drivers of these vehicles have a duty to be aware of cyclists on the road at all times and to act in a way which protects their safety. It is never acceptable for a motorist to behave in a way which poses a threat to a cyclist, nor to attempt to intimidate them. However, what is acceptable and what actually happens can be two very different things, as our San Bernardino bicycle accident attorneys have learned through experience.
If you have been knocked off your bicycle by impatient or reckless motorists, or otherwise involved in a collision, you should seek expert legal advice from a San Bernardino bicycle accident attorney immediately.
San Bernardino Bicycle Accident Facts and Figures
- Over the past ten years, more than 700,000 cyclists were injured in bicycle accidents across the United States, with 8,000 fatalities
- Young people, aged under 20, are involved in around one-third of fatal bicycle accidents, and 41% of non-fatal incidents
- Annually, more than half a million United States residents attend the emergency room for treatment following a bicycle accident
- In 40% of bicycle accidents reported to the California Highway Patrol, the bicyclist was found not to be at fault
- The cyclists lose in around 66% of all bicycle accident related cases that go to court in California, highlighting the importance of choosing the best possible legal representation
- California is the #1 US state in terms of bicyclist fatalities
- California was also the first state to pass a bicycle helmet law, making it mandatory for all riders under the age of 18 to wear a helmet
Although only minors are legally obliged to wear a helmet while cycling, it is strongly recommended for all bicyclists to do so. Some of the statistics comparing those accidents involving cyclists with and without helmets include:
- Bicycle helmets have been shown to be 85% effective in reducing brain and other head injuries
- If all cyclists aged under 15 wore a helmet, it is estimated that around 45,000 head injuries could be prevented every year
- Those who cycle on-road are significantly less likely to wear a helmet than off-road cyclists and, thus, are more likely to sustain serious injuries in an accident
Injured in a Bicycle Accident? Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation with a San Bernardino Attorney Today
When you, or a loved one, have been injured in a San Bernardino bicycle accident, you could benefit considerably from the legal representation of a skilled attorney. To discuss your case with an outstanding San Bernardino bicycle accident attorney from JML Law, call us today on 818-610-8800 for your free initial consultation.
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