Hayward

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Bicycles have become integral to Hayward. As a college town, Hayward is a progressive community. As such, many students ride their bikes both for pleasure and transportation, but also because they have an ecological awareness and concern. As enjoyable as bicycle riding can be, unfortunately there is a darker side: they are inherently dangerous. If you have been injured while riding a bicycle due to another person’s negligence, you should strongly consider working with a personal injury attorney who has experience in bicycle injury law.

Bicycle accidents can be categorized as follows:
  • Accidents due to negligence. These include accidents in which motorists turn into the path of the rider, open a parked car door into the bicycle, rear end the bicycle, etc.
  • Accidents caused by faulty design or repair. A repair shop might fail to inflate the tires adequately, while making adjustments fail to tighten certain bolts back up, etc. Faulty design can be a problem in manufacture, but also if the bicycle is modified it might be unsafe.
  • Accidents from inclement weather or road hazards. You cannot sue the weatherman, but you can sue the city if storm drains are not adequate to handle rains. Moreover, a lawsuit can be brought if a bicyclist is injured after running into a pothole or other damage to the street if the responsible entity has had sufficient time to remedy the situation.

Bicycle accident injuries are unfortunately very common. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2009 more than 50,000 people were injured in bicycle accidents. Another 630 people died. While the average age of an injured cyclist was 31, nearly half of those hurt are under 16 years of age. California is even worse. It carries the dubious distinction of having more bicycle accident deaths due to motor vehicle accidents than any other state.

 

Bicycle Safety and Local Measures

Common injuries suffered in bicycle accidents include broken bones, sprains, head, back, and neck injuries, and severe lacerations. The most common injuries, however, are those to the head, and include traumatic brain injury. It has been reported that helmets reduce the danger of a head injury by 85%. Helmets and other protective gear are essential for any rider, but in themselves they are not enough.

 

The City of Hayward has developed a Bicycle Master Plan. The emphasis is on promoting the use of bicycles as alternative forms of transportation that can help preserve the environment. However, the city has developed a network of bike lanes and paths to this end that can help reduce the number of bicycles in lanes of traffic, and thereby promote safety.

Bicycle accident cases can be quite complex, so if you are injured because of another person’s negligence or fault you should strongly consider hiring a personal injury attorney who has years of experience successfully representing such clients. Call Nadrich & Cohen today.

 

Nadrich & Cohen, LLP
24301 Southland Drive, Suite H-214
HaywardCA 94545

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