The first automobile crash in the United States happened in New York City in 1896. The automobile crashed into a pedalcyclist. (from Famous First Facts, by Joseph Kane) Today, bicycles on roadways have the same responsibilities and rights as other vehicles. Cycling has become more popular in the United States over the last 20 years.
A 2010 research report about transportation research (Transportation Research Part A by Elsevier) found that cycling has increased in the U.S.. Fortunately, much of this is due to increases in federal, state and local spending towards promoting cycling, cycling safety programs and bike lanes and trails. The Rails to Trails Conservancy reported that the total length of bicycle trails increased by 2,044 miles in 1990 to 11,029 in 2000 - and 15,964 in 2010 -and this does not include "mixed use" paths and bike paths in urban areas. In the majority of bicycle injuries, the negligence of a motor vehicle driver is the direct cause of bicycle accidents.
Overall, cycling became safer in the U.S. between 1988 and 2008. The total number of cyclist fatalities fell by 21%, and there was a 31% decline in serious injuries during this time. In 2008, however, fatalities began rising again in 2008, and the reasons are not well understood.
- About 51,000 cyclists were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2009.
- About 17% (around 8,000) of the cyclists injured were age 14 and younger.
- Bicyclist head injuries requiring trips to the E.R. are approximately 150,000 per year.
- Head injuries account for over 60% of bicycle fatalities.
Bicycle Injury FAQ’S
Question: Can I file a lawsuit for my bicycle crash?
Answer: If you were injured due to the negligence of another party, while riding your bicycle, you can file a lawsuit against the negligent
party to recover damages for your property and your injuries - both physical and emotional.
Question: Who are the negligent parties that I can sue?
Answer: Negligence can be caused by several different parties:
- Negligent drivers
- Negligent manufacturers, retailers, or distributors of bicycles, bicycle parts, and bicycle accessories
- Negligent City, County, or State entities who are responsible for maintaining safe roadways
- Negligent repair shops
- Negligent property owners
Question: Why do I need a lawyer?
Answer: An experienced bicycle injury attorney can conduct an investigation of your case and determine which parties are responsible for your injuries. The skilled bicycle accident attorneys at Phillips Law are committed to aggressively protecting the rights of our clients.
We get results by obtaining the maximum compensation package possible for our clients so that they can have the best possible outcome.
Question: What are some of the causes of bicycle collisions?
Answer: Bicycle accidents can be caused by negligent motorists, environmental factors, such as unsafe road conditions, or even dog attacks.
Question: What are some precautions that bicyclists can take?
Answer: Bicyclists need to take some precautions to ensure their safety while riding a bike:
- Always wear a helmet. This is absolutely necessary and will save your life is you are involved in an accident.
- Wear a reflective or brightly colored shirt or jacket to ensure that motorists will see you.
- Abide by all traffic laws, using bike lanes whenever possible.
- If you are involved in an accident, make sure that you get all contact information from the motorist as well as any witnesses. Take
pictures of the scene of the accident, and contact our firm as soon as possible. Do not talk to any insurance company or accept
any settlement. You may not know the extent of your injuries immediately after your accident.
A bicycle accident attorney is an important factor which may determine the outcome of your claim. Every claim is different, and must be evaluated on an individual basis. The information provided here is for general informative purposes only, as it simplifies complex legal issues. It is not intended to be legal advice. For information about your specific claim, please contact an auto accident attorney to evaluate your situation.
As consumer justice attorneys, Phillips Law is dedicated to assisting and fighting for individuals who have been injured, disabled or had a family member killed in all types of vehicle or bicycle crashes and injury in Sacramento and the Gold Country area. We offer legal help and assistance in auto, truck, bus, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian cases. We are a local firm emphasizing personal contact with our clients.
We invite you to call us at (530) 265-0186 to schedule a confidential, no-charge consultation to answer any questions you may have, or, if you prefer, you can e-mail us from the Contact Us page.