Common Intersection Bicycling Accidents & Injuries Attorney
Bicycle-related injuries account for approximately 900 deaths, 23,000 hospital admissions, 580,000 emergency department visits and more than 1,200,000 doctor visits each year in the United States, resulting in an estimated cost of more than $8,000,000,000 (billion) annually. One of the most common causes of injuries is collisions with cars and trucks.In most of these cases, the driver of the vehicle failed to yield the right of way to the bicyclist.
Any place a car is turning is a dangerous place for a bicyclist such as intersections, driveways and parking spots. Today, many drivers are distracted while using their cell phone and make reckless turns at intersections. Others just ignore bicyclists all together, expecting the bicyclist to yield to them. However, bicycles have the same rights to use the road as drivers do.
Common Bicycle Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bicycle crashes rank second only to riding animals as a sports- or recreation-associated cause of serious injury. In one study, it was estimated that the rate of severe injuries to bike riders was an astronomical 37.4 per 100,000 population in urban areas. In almost every case, these injuries result from the fault of someone other than the bicycle rider.
Most bicycle-related injuries occur to the arms and legs. These usually involve “road rash”, an abrasion. Head injuries are the next most common injury. In fact, head injuries occur in 22% to 47% of injured bicyclists. Often these are as a result of collision with a motor vehicle, and are responsible for over 60 percent of all bicycle-related deaths and the majority of long-term disabilities.
At Dixon Law Office, we help bike accident victims recover the compensation they need. We have extensive experience with cases involving catastrophic injury and wrongful death. For a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer, please call 888-354-9880 or contact us online.