Statistics for Bicycle Accidents
Our San Jose Bike Accident Attorneys Give the Facts
bicycle accident statistics are summarized from a variety of sources: the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration, US Consumer Product Safety Commission,
the Children's Safety Network, and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.
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Bicyclist deaths in 2008:
Bicyclist injuries in 2008:
Alcohol was involved in
bicyclist deaths in 2008.
Bicyclist head injuries requiring trips to the E.R.: approximately
150,000 per year
Head injuries account for over
60% of bicycle fatalities.
In 2007, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission reported in their "Product
Related Injury Report" that there were 515,871 injuries related to
bicycles and accessories.
Bicycle Accidents Caused by Negligence
Individuals who operate motor vehicles are responsible for safely navigating
the roads they share with cyclists. It is the unfortunate truth that in
the majority of bicycle accidents, the negligence of a motor vehicle driver
is the direct cause of bicycle accidents.
Common driver errors include:
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Pulling out of a driveway or parking lot in front of a bicyclist
- Failing to yield
- Ignoring a traffic signal or sign
- Opening a car door in front of a bicyclist
- Merging into the path of a bicyclist
- Forcing a cyclist off the road
Cyclist errors include:
- Failing to yield
- Merging or turning into the path of a motorist
- Not wearing protective safety gear
Environmental factors also contribute to bicycle accidents:
- Dangerous road conditions
- Poor lighting
- Potholes, road debris, or tree branches
- Dog attacks
Local resources for Northern California Bicyclists:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, our experienced
attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP have helped many clients throughout
Northern California. We are recognized as a leader in personal injury
litigation because we are dedicated to aggressively fighting for our clients'
rights. Call our office today for a
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