Why Do Bicycle Accidents Result In Catastrophic Injuries?

by Paul A. Matiasic on May. 17, 2019

Accident & Injury 

Summary: Why Do Bicycle Accidents Result In Catastrophic Injuries?

Imagine going for a ride on your bicycle—one of the more popular activities in the San Francisco area—when all of a sudden, you’re struck by a vehicle as you ride in the bike lane. What do you do? What happens next? Is everything okay?

Unfortunately, bicycle accidents are far too common and the result is often the bicyclist sustaining significant and catastrophic injuries. But why are the accidents so catastrophic? Here are some of the things that need to be considered.

A Bicyclist Has Very Little Protection

Aside from the gear they choose to wear, bicyclists are left with very little protection from the elements and the vehicles on the road. When a driver is negligent, it can result in them swerving into the bike lane or running a red light as a bicyclist crosses.

Unfortunately, when a collision occurs and the car strikes the bicycle, the lack of protection often leads to significant damages to the rider. The initial trauma alone is enough to cause broken bones or spinal cord injuries. Ejection from the bike can result in even further injuries.

Negligence is the Key Factor

More often than not, negligence is the biggest factor in bicycle accidents. This is especially true when someone is texting while driving, drinking and driving, or breaking the law by speeding or running traffic signals.

The size of the vehicle is enough alone, but when you factor in negligence actions such as speeding, any kind of crash involving a bicyclist can have catastrophic results.

Bicyclists Have Rights

Bicyclists have rights when on the road and should be respected as such. Unfortunately, drivers don’t always do this. It’s important for injured parties to understand what rights they have to seek action against the negligent party.

At The Matiasic Firm, our San Francisco bicycle accident lawyers are determined to help you if you’ve been hurt in a bike accident caused by negligence. Trust that we have the experience and knowledge necessary to guide you through the complex matters you’re facing.

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