In 2016, 835 bicyclists were killed in accidents with motor vehicles and 87% of those fatalities were adults 20 years and older according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 71% of bicycle fatality accidents occurred in urban areas and 29% occurred in rural areas. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that here in California there were 147 bicyclist fatalities in 2016. There were 20 fatalities in Los Angeles, 1 in San Diego, 3 in San Jose, and 1 in San Francisco. You may look at these numbers and think that they do not seem like a lot, but these are only the fatalities and the vast majority of bicycle accidents are not fatal. Bicycling is a dangerous activity and accident injuries can be temporarily or permanently life altering.
Common causes of motor vehicle negligence in bicycle accidents include distracted driving, drivers who are not on the lookout for bicyclists and do not see them, unsafe speeds, and failure to obey traffic signals/signs. We have also seen more and more aggressive behavior towards bicyclists that result in accidents. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident contact El Cajon bicycle accident attorney, Eugene G. Bruno, to schedule a consultation.
California’s laws governing bicycles and car/bicycle operation on the road include some of the following:
Bicycles are small and have little protection compared to motor vehicles sharing the road and that makes for potentially catastrophic bicycle accident injuries. Call The Eugene Bruno & Associates so we can help you recover for your injuries and damages including pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, lost future earnings, and property damage. Our bicycle accident team wants to see that you are fully compensated for your injuries.