Bicycles have become a common mode of transportation across the US. Health and environment conscious people opt to ride bikes as to reduce pollution, increase fitness and cut down on gas expenses. With the spike in bicycle usage comes a spike in bicycle accidents and related injuries. A study published estimates that from 1997 to 2013, the medical costs for nonfatal bicycle crashes involving adults increased by an average of $789 million each year. These costs include expenses relating to emergency transportation, hospital charges, rehabilitation, nursing home stays and the cost of lost work, wages and quality of life. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, do not hesitate to call an experienced RI bicycle accident lawyer, who can help you recover damages for these costs.
What Else Did This Study Reveal?
Medical expenses for bicycle accident injuries are becoming increasingly higher because most bicycle accidents occur on the street. In 1997, 46% of cycling injuries occurred on streets, while in 2014, nearly 67% did. This means that bicycle accidents are occurring at a higher speed, and as such, the resulting injuries are much more severe. Recent changes in rider demographics have shown increased numbers of adults riding bicycles. In 1997, the study showed, 26% of medical costs were due to riders 45 and older. By 2013, that number had grown to 54%. Researchers say better roadway design and infrastructure could help prevent bicycle accidents.
How Can I Prevent A Bicycle Accident?
- Make sure you have the proper bike for your height, weight, and age.
- Always wear a bicycle helmet, even if you are just riding around the block. Riders without helmets are 14 times more likely to suffer from fatal head injuries compared to those who are helmeted.
- Bicyclists are bound to the same rules of the road as vehicles, so bicyclists must still stop at red lights and ride with the flow of traffic.
- Choose roadways that are less congested.
- If you are riding at night, wear bright clothing and reflectors.
- Maintain a safe distance from parked cars to prevent being hit by doors that might swing open.
- Don’t wear earphones or listen to music when you are riding, as it prevents you from focusing on the roadway and your surroundings.
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When a bicycle collides with a vehicle, the bicyclist often suffers severe injuries. If you have been severely injured as a result of a bicycle accident, you may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. “You focus on recovery, we will focus on your case.” Contact the experienced Rhode Island bicycle accident attorneys at d’Oliveira & Associates toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online, to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.