Saturday, 10 July 2010

Bicycle Accidents in Southern California - Road Cyclists at Risk

As the Tour de France is in full swing, one thing to think about regarding cycling is the safety of riding a bike on shared roads.  As a former avid cyclist, too many close calls have happened and here is some research that was found online that demonstrates how risky biking can be:
Four states lead cycling deaths -California, Florida, New York, and Texas accounted for 43% of bicycle deaths in 1999.  Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Risk of injury from bicycling compared to driving a motor vehicle.
45,000 cyclists vs. 2.4M motorists were injured in 2005 yielding 7.3 injuries per million miles for cyclists and 1.5 injuries per million miles traveled for motorists. This makes cyclists  about 5 times more likely to be injured per mile of travel. Source: NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts 2005 (biking seem more popular now, but so are bike lanes so these numbers might be changed.)


Great Safety Tips  http://bikesiliconvalley.org/str/safety-tips

If you have been involved in an accident and need legal advice,  Here are some attorneys who may be able to help - based on southern California location:
San Fernando Valley Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Ventura Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Having someone who is familiar with the streets where your accident occurred should obviously be beneficial to help you. Dangerous roads and intersections, traffic patterns, and  even local weather conditions may have been a factor in a bike vs. car collision.

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