The CDC reports that while only 1% of trips taken in the United States are by bicycle, cyclists face a higher risk of crash-related injury and deaths than occupants of motor vehicles do. Each year, more than half a million emergency room visits are attributed to bicycle-related injuries. Major risk factors of bike and cycling accidents in the San Fernando Valley include:
(1) age – adolescents age 15 to 24 and adults over age 45 have the highest bicycle death rates,
(2) gender – men are much more likely to be killed or injured than women, and
(3) location – most deaths occur in urban areas and at non-intersection locations.
If you are injured in a bicycle accident, consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney about your injuries and your legal options can bring peace of mind as you begin your recovery.