Whether you occasionally ride your bicycle near traffic or you bike on busy roads every day, you need to carefully assess the risks you face. If a negligent driver hits you, you could become seriously hurt. On a bicycle, you are especially vulnerable when a traffic collision occurs, and the consequences of an accident could affect many aspects of your life.
Sadly, many cyclists continue to suffer serious injuries due to the recklessness of drivers, such as those who use their phones behind the wheel and try to drive after drinking too much.
Data on traffic accidents and cyclists
According to statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 130,000 cyclists sustain injuries in traffic accidents each year across the U.S. Aside from devastating injuries that cause significant physical pain, immobility, the inability to work and mental trauma, the financial toll of these injuries is significant. The CDC reports that on an annual basis, the cost of bike accident injuries and fatalities generally exceeds $23 billion.
Cyclist safety and addressing an accident
As a cyclist, you can reduce the chances of becoming hurt in an accident by wearing fluorescent clothes during the day and reflective clothes at night, since this will help drivers see you. Always exercise caution while riding and wear a helmet properly. Sadly, regardless of the precautionary measures you take, a negligent driver could hit you.
Following a bike accident, you need to take a close look at what happened. If a careless driver caused you to suffer injuries, gather evidence and make sure you stand up for your legal rights.