Despite all of the bicycle lanes and protected areas for cyclists to travel on, bicyclist injury rates increased by 21% from 28.4 (2007) to 34.4 per 100,000 residents (2013). The California Department of Public Health reports that the number of bicycle related accidents and deaths are on the rise. The number one leading cause of the rise in bicycle related injuries and death involves motor vehicles.
There are many reasons why someone would choose to commute by bicycle. In parts of Sacramento, it is easier to commute by bike than it is to own a car and find reasonable parking for it. Bike share services are a popular choice in Sacramento as well. In Modesto and Stockton, it is an enjoyable recreation shared by many as bike paths and bike lanes continue to be implemented throughout the cities.
With that said, the most common contributor to a bicycle accident is a motor vehicle. There are several ways you could be in a bicycle accident while cycling in Sacramento, Stockton, or Modesto, some of which include:
- Distracted Driving: Accidents resulting from a distracted driver are on the rise. Drivers have more distractions in the vehicle these days especially if they are prone to texting or checking email while driving. Distracted drivers are less likely to spot cyclists in time to avoid collisions.
- Drunk or Under the influence Driving: Marijuana, prescription medications and alcohol impair the ability to operate a motor vehicle. Impared drivers cause bicycle accidents because the impairing agent affects their ability to respond quickly and remain focused.
- Poor Visibility: Motorists are more likely to hit a cyclist in areas with poor visibility such as entry and exit points of buildings or parking areas. Poor lighting is also a major contributor to accidents.
- Turning at intersections: A right-hook accident occurs when a vehicle makes a right turn in front of a cyclist who was traveling in a straight line. It is easy for a cyclist to end up in the drivers blind spot making the driver assume they are clear to turn. A left-hook accident can occur when a driver makes a left turn in front of a cyclist at an intersection.
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Curtis Legal Group fights for injured victims and families of vehicle related injury accidents. Our team is committed to helping our clients seek a full recovery from their damages including any lost wages or future earnings. To discuss your case and rights with one of our attorneys, call our Sacramento, Stockton, or Modesto office at 1(800) LAW-3080.