Every time you take your bike on the road, you are at risk for an accident. For cyclists, the risk of accident is infinitely greater than even those who drive cars because the car-centric roadways are filled with drivers that don’t know how to drive safely around cyclists. However, even among that risk, apparently male cyclists are 8 times more likely to get in an accident.
This statistic comes from data collected from the California Highway Patrol between 2003 and 2015. During this time, there were 1,753 fatal cycling accidents, and of those, 1,557 involved male riders. Why is this? Well, part of the reason is rather simple – there are more male cyclists out there. Furthermore, men are always inclined towards more risk-taking behavior.
What this means is that unlike many women cyclists, their male peers are more likely to try and ride through that yellow light or take a more traffic-heavy route. However, no matter who you are, you are at risk for cycling accidents until cities embrace that more people are taking their bike to work rather than their car and build roads with them in mind. While these statistics likely played a part in California’s decision, many cities throughout the state have already taken huge strides in creating safer roads for cyclists to ride.
Unfortunately, if you have been in a cycling accident, it is probably something that you won’t walk away from. It can cause traumatic injuries and a huge amount of damage to your bicycle. If you have been in a cycling accident in California, it isn’t something that you have to deal with alone. Contact us today to see what the Law Office of Gary Brustin can do to help you get the compensation that your injuries deserve. Don’t let another negligent driver get away with injuring yet another cyclist.