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Sacramento is an ideal environment for bicyclists, with its historic attractions, rivers, trails, farmers markets, quaint neighborhoods and tree-line streets. But sharing the road with cars increases the likelihood of bicycle accidents. Here’s why:
An intersection is where a cyclist is most at risk of getting hit by a car. Interestingly, only 11% of bicycle accidents involve a collision with a car; but of these, 45% take place in intersections. In 2013 in the United States, over 900 bicyclists were actually killed and there were an estimated 494,000 emergency room visits due to bicycle-related injuries.
In order to minimize the risk of intersection accidents with cars, cyclists need to do things like:
Since, 2003, California bicycle law has dictated that anyone under the age of 18 is required to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, no matter whether they’re on a street, trail, or public path. Though there are some groups interested in making it mandatory for all cyclists to wear a helmet, regardless of age, so far this legislation has not passed. There is much debate, as many bicycle advocates believe that such a law would prevent people from riding bikes.
While this may not reduce accidents, it is important to know the basic rules of liability, i.e. who is responsible in the event of an accident. For example, a cyclist doesn’t always have the right-of-way. If he doesn’t follow the rules of the road, the cyclist might be responsible for his own negligence.
If you have been injured while riding a bicycle, it is important to get treatment right away. If you have questions about liability or need assistance with your injury claim it is important to find a personal injury attorney who understands the laws applicable to bicycle accidents and injury.
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