Cyclists Are Often Injured By These Common Hazards

September 1, 2020
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Bike riding is a great way to get around, to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery, to get some exercise in, and to reduce your carbon footprint. In fact, there is little not to love about heading out on your bike. Bike accidents, however, are an entirely different matter. Unfortunately, there are a few common scenarios that often lead to injuries for riders, and at Bogaards Law we have represented clients who were impacted by each of these unnecessary hazards. If you have been injured in a bicycle crash that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced California personal injury attorney on your side. 

Why are Bicycle Injuries a Serious Problem? 

When you are on your bike, absolutely nothing but your bike helmet comes between you and the immense impact of a traffic accident. This fact leaves you extremely vulnerable to serious, even deadly injuries. The truth is that when you join the flow of traffic on your bike, you lack the protective shell that other motorists have, and your much smaller size, lighter weight, and diminutive profile make you that much more likely to be involved in a dangerous accident. When you take to the streets on your bike, always make safety your number one priority.

Common Causes of Bike Accidents

While every bike accident is unique to the set of circumstances involved, there are several causes of dangerous bike accidents that most commonly apply, including:

  • Distracted Drivers – Distracted drivers are dangerous drivers, and they are becoming more and more common. Smartphone usage is one of the most dangerous distractions out there because it involves a driver’s thoughts, vision, and hands (all in one activity), and unfortunately, this dangerous distraction is becoming more and more prevalent. Bicyclists are at a visual disadvantage to begin with because they’re more difficult to see in traffic, and when a driver is distracted, the inherent danger of not seeing that bicyclist grows exponentially.
  • Speeding Drivers – Speed kills. When an accident involves a speeding car and a bike, the tremendous force of the crash is often enough to be deadly. A bicyclist stands very little chance in a car crash involving a speeding motorist. 
  • Impaired Drivers – There is not a driver among us who is not aware of the danger associated with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Nevertheless, some motorists continue to make the dangerous decision to drive impaired, and when they do, they endanger everyone on the roadway, including bicyclists.

Consult with an Experienced California Bicycle Injury Attorney

Attorney Debra Bogaards is an avid cyclist, and truly understands how difficult it can be to recover from a cycling injury, especially one caused by a careless driver. If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in a bike accident, the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Bogaards Law in San Francisco are committed to aggressively advocating for the compensation to which you are entitled and that you need to make your fullest recovery. Our formidable legal team wants to help, so please do not hesitate to contact us for more information today.

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