In 2012, there were 722 cyclist killed by a motor vehicle in the United States. And the state of California accounted for 123 of them—the highest number for a single state, just ahead of Florida. Now, in the 2015, a recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association confirms that California still leads the nation in bike accidents. And California bike accidents (along with other states) are on the rise. In the states of California, these accidents account for 4% of fatal accidents in a year. And these figures do not include bike deaths when no car was involved. If you or a loved one have been injured in a bike accident, get in touch with the Law Offices of Andrew Ritholz immediately.
Here are some quick facts about California bike accidents:
- The vast majority of bike accidents happen to adult males (84% in the last three years)
- ¼ of bikers killed had alcohol in their system
- 70% of deaths occur in urban areas
- Distracted driving (on the part of the motor vehicle drivers) is a huge contributor to these accidents
There are major health and environmental benefits to biking; and the weather in California certainly helps to promote the interest in biking over getting in a car. But as the leader in bike accidents, you can never be too vigilant when riding your bike in the state of California. Increasing safety standards (such as the new 3 foot buffer rule) is a great start towards decreasing accidents but the reality of the situation is that some accidents just can’t be avoided.
As the quick facts above point out, many of these accidents are the result of distracted driving on the part of the motor vehicle driver—something that even the most attentive bike rider can do very little to avoid most of the time. And unfortunately, the sheer size, speed and power of getting into any type of accident with a motor vehicle can lead to major physical injuries, including death. Dealing with the emotional and physical injuries that accompany a California bike accident can be overwhelming. Take the financial stress of your plate by getting in touch with an experienced California bike accident attorney today.
The Law Offices of Andrew Ritholz have attorneys that are here to help. We know how frustrating and confusing the legal process can be and are here to answer all of your questions. Many of our personal injury clients feel like the stress of dealing with multiple insurance companies interferes with their recovery. The moment you hire us is the moment that stress goes away. Your first consultation is always free and designed to answer your questions about the legal process. If you have been injured in a California bike accident, get in touch with the Law Offices of Andrew Ritholz today. We have the experience you want fighting for you!