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Bicycle Accidents

Although bicycling can be a healthy way of getting around—and getting exercise—bicycle accidents are not uncommon. A bike accident can cause serious permanent injuries, including neck and spine injuries and traumatic brain damage. Some bicycle crash injuries can be catastrophic and life-threatening.

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Bicycle Crash Injuries

Two main bicycle accident situations involve crashes with motor vehicles or accidents caused by bicycle defects. Either type of accident can cause serious personal injury.

Bicycle and Motor Vehicle Accidents

Bicycle AccidentAccording to the 2008 safety data from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), (2008 is the most recent safety data available) from 1932 through 2008, approximately 53,000 bicyclists died in traffic accidents in the US. In 2008, 716 bicyclists were killed and approximately 52,000 were injured. Of those killed, 13 percent were children aged 16 and younger. That same age group accounted for 25 percent of those injured.

Additionally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, each year approximately 500,000 people in the US are treated in hospital emergency rooms for bicycle-related injuries. More than 50 percent of those bicycle-related injuries are children aged 15 years and younger.

Bicycle Laws

Bicycle Accident SafetyAccording to the NHTSA (2008), 21 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 150 municipal localities have age-specific bicycle helmet laws. Fourteen states have no state or local helmet laws.

On public roadways, vehicle codes mandate that bicyclists follow the law, just like other motorists. Motorists should allow a minimum of three feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist on the road, yield to cyclists at intersections and watch for cyclists when making turns.

Bicycle Manufacturer Defects for Mountain Bikes and Road Bicycles

Failure of bicycle frames and component parts are not uncommon. Even when traveling at slow speeds the fracture of a frame or critical component can cause serious injury. Often at fault is a defect with composite forks, aluminum frames, bolts, and other bicycle design and manufacturing defects.

Bicycle Accident Lawsuit

In 2009, a cyclist was awarded $722,800 in damages for injuries sustained in a defective product bike accident. The man alleged he was injured when the front fork on his bicycle broke. The plaintiff fell and sustained severe fractures in the accident.

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If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a bike accident, please click the link below to send your complaint to a lawyer who will evaluate your claim at no cost or obligation.


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BICYCLE CRASH INJURY LEGAL ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS

40-Year Old Cyclist Killed By Motorist on Cell Phone
40-Year Old Cyclist Killed By Motorist on Cell Phone
November 5, 2013
Santa Cruz, CA A recent bicycle accident has killed a 40-year old cyclist identified as Josh Alper of Santa Cruz. Alper was killed by a motorist on Highway 1 west of Santa Cruz. According to news reports, the driver of a Tesla was headed southbound when he crossed the centerline of the freeway into the northbound shoulder, colliding with Alper, at high speed.The head-on collision killed Alper immediately. This is the second cyclist fatality in Santa Cruz County for 2013.
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Shimano Disc Brake Calipers Recalled in US and Canada
Shimano Disc Brake Calipers Recalled in US and Canada
September 27, 2013
Washington, DC Consumers in the US and Canada are being advised by Shimano, the US Consumer Product Safety Board and Health Canada to immediately stop using bicycles with recalled Shimano brakes. Shimano has recalled the defective calipers due to reports that the disc brakes can fail, posing a collision hazard.
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New Jersey Man Dies in Bike Accident
New Jersey Man Dies in Bike Accident
May 16, 2011
Trenton, NJ A 23-year-old man from Trenton, New Jersey, was killed recently in a bike accident when he was hit by a motorist on Route 1, the Times of Trenton reports.
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