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Many Americans are avid cyclists, spending entire weekends or vacations on long road trips. Bicycles are also used by some as an inexpensive means of transportation to and from their jobs. In Santa Cruz, with its beautiful beaches and fair weather, bicycles are particularly popular. They can also be deadly. Every year cyclists are injured or die needlessly in crashes with other vehicles or due to road conditions. If you are injured because of another person’s negligence, it is very important that you speak with a personal injury attorney. Nadrich & Cohen, LLP has a track record of success representing clients who have been injured.

 

Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Many factors can lead to a bicycle accident. What is common to all of them is that when an accident occurs, injury nearly always results. This is because by its nature the bicycle offers virtually no protection to the rider. If a car side swipes the cyclist there is no metal door or fender to take the blow. The following are some of the major causes of bicycle accidents:

  • Negligence on the part of motorists. Drivers often claim that they simply didn’t see the bicycle. The frequency with which this excuse is given suggests that drivers generally look only for vehicles that are larger in size. A motorist may open the door of his parked car into the path of the cyclist; or turn in front of an oncoming bicycle in an intersection.
  • Improper design or repair of the bicycle. Sometimes cyclists have their bikes altered in ways that make them less safe to operate. For instance, the rider might pay to have the handle bars placed over his head. In other cases a bicycle may not have been repaired properly.
  • Road or weather conditions. Road conditions such as potholes and debris can interfere with a bicycle’s balance and cause the rider to fall while in motion. If the street is slick with rainwater or the wind is blowing, the cyclist may be knocked over.

Injuries and Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009 630 cyclists died in accidents, while another 51,000 were injured enough to seek treatment in medical centers and doctor’s offices. If these numbers were not sufficiently disturbing, California leads the nation in bicycle deaths in car accidents. In the three year period from 2010-2012, 338 cyclists died in motor vehicle accidents in this state. This is nearly half of the number of deaths nationwide in a given year.

 

Injuries commonly suffered by bicycle accident victims include severe lacerations, broken bones, crushed organs and limbs, back and neck injury, head injury, and traumatic brain injury. The latter injuries to the head could be all but eliminated with the use of a helmet. Also, given that commonly motorists don’t see bicyclists, it is important to wear reflective clothing and have a bike light when riding at night.

 

Santa Cruz Bicycle Ordinances

The City of Santa Cruz prohibits riding bicycles on sidewalks in front of businesses. Cyclists are also required to give the right of way to pedestrians. The city has bike programs in place, such as Bike to Work and Community Traffic Safety Coalition. In addition, Santa Cruz County has many bike lanes and paths. Maps are available for both the county and city.

 

Bicycle accident claims can be very complex. If you are injured in a bicycle accident it is important that you work with a personal injury attorney who has the experience and knowledge to fight for you. Nadrich & Cohen, LLP has decades of success representing clients in bicycle injury claims. Call today to arrange a consultation. 

Nadrich & Cohen, LLP
101 Cooper Street #249 Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 480-1177

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