Cyclist Safety in San Diego and Across the Central Coast

Cyclist safety needs to be a top priority in San Diego and across the Central Coast. We’re constantly reporting on pedestrians and cyclists who get struck by cars. Many times, these unprotected cyclists and pedestrians are devastatingly or fatally injured. While there are certainly plenty of ways for cyclists to improve their personal safety, helmets and reflective gear can only do so much when drivers aren’t sharing the road. Distracted driving, impaired driving and other irresponsible behaviors behind the wheel make California roadways dangerous for all commuters.

Bicycle Crash Facts

• In 2011, 677 cyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes.
• An additional 48,000 cyclists were injured in 2011.
• In 2010, 623 cyclists were killed in crashes.
• In 2011, 30 percent of cyclist fatalities occurred between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:59 p.m.
• Bicycle trips only make up about one percent of all trips taken in the U.S., but cyclist deaths account for two percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities.

Preventing Bicycle-Related Injuries and Death

Two of the best ways to improve your own personal safety while riding a bicycle is by wearing a helmet and improving your visibility. Flashing lights, reflective decals, and fluorescent clothing are all great items for improving visibility. Ultimately, the burden of keeping cyclists and pedestrians safe falls on motorists. A cyclist doesn’t have much of a chance against a 4,000-pound automobile traveling at 45, 25 or even just 15 miles per hour. Drivers need to put down the distractions, pay attention to the road and look out for cyclists, motorcycle riders, other automobile drivers, pedestrians and scooter riders.

After a Bicycle Accident

After any kind of car versus bicycle accident, it’s a good idea to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can get the ball rolling on your case and stay on top of official investigative developments. Since it’s not uncommon for drivers to report “not seeing” the cyclist before the wreck, it may be necessary to determine if the driver could have been distracted behind the wheel. If you or a loved one has been struck by a car while riding a bicycle, contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1-877-231-9970 for a free consultation today.

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