Bicycle Accident Attorneys
The National Safety Council (NSC) wants to get the word out about bicycle safety. Their “Live to Ride Another Day” campaign is raising awareness about the risks and dangers that bicycle riders face in communities around the nation every day. The NSC is urging cyclists to take extra precautions when they ride. These precautions include wearing a helmet, engaging in safe riding behaviors and staying visible. Ultimately, bicycle riders in California and across the nation are counting on motorists to drive safely and respectfully.
U.S. Bicycle Crash Facts
- In 2015, 45,000 cyclists were injured in crashes in the U.S.
- 818 cyclists were killed in crashes in 2015.
- 70 percent of cyclists who died in crashes in 2015 died in urban areas.
- Over the 10-year period from 2006 to 2015, the average age of cyclist killed in motor vehicle crashes increased from 41 to 45.
- In 2015, the cyclist fatality rate per million people was almost six times higher for males than females.
Protect Your Head
According to the NSC, cyclists who wear a helmet reduce their risk of head injury by an estimated 60 percent and brain injury by 58 percent. Even relatively minor crashes at slow speeds can be devastating for cyclists. It doesn’t take much to get thrown off your bicycle. Wearing a helmet is your first line of defense if you’re ejected from your bike. Listed below are some additional safety tips and rules from the NSC for cyclists.
NSC’s Bicycle Safety Rules
- Know your traffic laws.
- Know your bike’s capabilities.
- Ride single-file in the direction of traffic.
- Watch out for opening car doors and other hazards.
- Use hand signals when turning, and use extra caution at intersections.
- Never hitch onto cars.
- Before entering traffic, stop and look left, right, left and over your shoulder.
- Wear bright clothing, and ride during the day.
- If night riding can’t be avoided, wear reflective clothing.
- Make sure your bike is equipped with reflectors on the front, rear, pedals, and spokes.
- Outfit your bike with a horn or bell, a rearview mirror, and a bright headlight.
Bicycle Accidents in California
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident in California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.