Bike accidents involving motor vehicles are extremely dangerous for bikers. Since bikes offer much less protection during an accident than a vehicle, a bicyclist is more likely to suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries during such an event.
A significant portion of bike accidents involve motor vehicles, and many such accidents are caused by motorists. Learn more about bike accidents and how to protect your rights if you have been involved in one.
Bike Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 850 bicyclists die in traffic crashes every year. Some of the most common causes of bike accidents include:
- Hit by car
- Fell off bike
- Roadway/walkway not in good repair
There are some measures you can take to protect yourself on the road, including the following:
- Choose a well-fitting bike helmet.
- Wear protective gear including elbow and knee pads.
- Ride in designated bike lanes.
- Use signals when turning.
- Stop at stop signs and stoplights.
Still, taking all of the aforementioned safety precautions will not prevent every bike accident. Additionally, there is nothing you can do to prevent a bike accident when a distracted or otherwise negligent motorist is responsible.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a bike accident, our Sacramento personal injury attorneys at Kershaw Talley Barlow can help you seek justice. Our team is backed by decades of legal experience, and we can help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Contact Kershaw Talley Barlow at (916) 520-6639 to schedule a free consultation.