Avoid a Summer Bicycle Accident

The warm weather has arrived in many parts of the
country and that means more bicyclists out on the road. In general, bicycle
riding is up- According to the U.S. Census Bureau, from 2000 to 2012, the
number of Americans traveling to work by bicycle increased from 488,000 to
about 786,000. With more bicyclists out on the road, comes the risk of more
accidents; while
passenger vehicle deaths decreased in 2012 from 2011, bicyclist fatalities increased
from 682 to 726 and injuries increased from 48,000 to 49,000.
More bicyclist fatalities occur
during the summer months of July through September since the warmer weather
brings out more riders.

When a collision
happens between a vehicle and bicycle, it is typically the cyclist who is
injured. If you or a loved one is injured in a summer bicycle accident, contact
an experienced personal injury lawyer right away.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

?? In 2012, bicyclists accounted for two percent of
all traffic accident fatalities and two percent of all crash-related injuries.

?? Forty-eight percent of bicyclist fatalities occurred
between 4 p.m. and midnight and 69 percent occurred in urban areas.

?? Almost 9 in 10 (88 percent) of bicyclists killed
were male.

?? Twenty-four percent of bicyclists who died in
crashes had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .08 grams per deciliter
(g/dL) or higher, which is the illegal alcohol level in all States.

Top Bicyclist/Motorist
Mistakes to Avoid

Many car/bicycles collisions could be avoided if
bicyclists and motor­ists followed the rules of the road.

Top Bicyclist Mistakes

?? Bicyclist rides out into the street from an
alley, driveway, or from between parked cars without stopping or looking for traffic.
Looking both ways before heading out is imperative.

?? Bicyclist turns or swerves suddenly directly into
the path of a motorist who doesn’t have time to react. Hand signals should
always be used along with careful shoulder checking before changing lanes.

?? Bicyclist runs a red light. Bicyclists are
expected to follow the same rules of the road as drivers.

?? Bicyclist rides in the wrong direction, approaching
cars head-on. Always ride with the flow of traffic to minimize your chance of
being involved in a deadly accident.

?? Bicyclist rides while impaired. A bicyclist is
not any safer riding while intoxicated than a driver.

Top Motorist Mistakes

?? Driver turns in front of a bicyclist traveling
on the road or sidewalk; often at an intersection. Drivers must yield to bicyclists
as you would a motorist.

?? Driver fails to see bicyclist; these types of
crashes tend to happen in parking lots, stop sign or when backing out of a
parking spot.

?? Driver turns right on a red light without
looking to their right back for an approaching bicyclist. Always come to a
complete stop and look carefully before turning.

?? Driver is driving too fast for poor road
conditions and doesn’t have time to slow down when a bicyclist comes into the
roadway unexpectedly.

?? Driver passes a bicycle too closely.

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you have
enough to deal with. Let an experienced accident
attorney
fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not
uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is five to ten
times bigger with the help of a lawyer. Call the caring accident attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. in
Bellingham, WA today for a FREE consultation! We have been representing
residents of Whatcom County, Skagit County, Island County and Snohomish County
since 1979. You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we
recover damages for you!

Bicycle
riding is up- According to the U.S. Census Bureau, from 2000 to 2012, the
number of Americans traveling to work by bicycle increased from 488,000 to
about 786,000. With more bicyclists out on the road, comes the risk of more
accidents; while
passenger vehicle deaths decreased in 2012 from 2011, bicyclist fatalities increased
from 682 to 726 and injuries increased from 48,000 to 49,000.

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