Have you been injured in a cycling accident? Here’s what you need to know right now.
Silicon Valley may be best known for world class technology, but it’s also known locally as a fantastic area for cycling. Good weather, challenging climbs, gorgeous scenery, mountain trails and access to a world-class velodrome are just some of the perks enjoyed by local cyclists.
Unfortunately, a beautiful ride can quickly be ruined by an unexpected collision.
Bicycle accidents killed 455 people in California between 2016 and 2018. These sobering numbers represent a sharp increase over previous years. California, which has roughly 20% of the nation’s cycling deaths, has reached a 25-year peak in terms of fatality rates.
This means it is critically important to know how to protect yourself — physically and legally. Cyclists should have good situational awareness, use all required safety gear, be extra cautious during heavy traffic periods, limit distractions and know the proper signals.
Unfortunately, even the safest cyclist is often at the mercy of an inattentive motorist.
Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know about cycling injuries and accidents if you live in the Silicon Valley area.
Cycling accidents are the most common form of injury outside of sports-related injuries. They are responsible for approximately 900 deaths, 23,000 hospital admissions, 580,000 emergency department visits and more than 1.2 million physician visits per year.
Some of the most common types of cycling-related injuries include the following:
Some of the most common causes of cycling accidents include speeding, distracted driving, failing to create a large enough buffer zone, weaving through traffic, unsafe lane changes, road rage, driver fatigue and failing to yield.
Following a few smart safety protocols can help minimize any harm that comes from a cycling accident. If you are involved in a collision:
Choosing to work with an experienced attorney in Silicon Valley is of key importance. Bicycle accident litigation can be quite complex, so it is important to work with a legal advocate who is dedicated to practicing in this field.
The right attorney can also help ensure that you are not taken advantage of. Navigating the insurance process can be tricky, and claims adjusters are paid to keep costs down. Experienced legal counsel can help ensure that you are treated fairly.
Gary Brustin is one of the most experienced bicycle lawyers in Silicon Valley. In fact, Gary has handled nothing, but bicycle injury cases for the last twenty years.
If you need help, contact us for a fast, free consultation.