Bicycle Accidents

Bicycling is important to the health of Californians, and not just to those doing the cycling. According to the Air Resources Board www.arb.ca.gov, statewide, about seven tons per day of smog-forming gases and almost a ton of inhalable particles are spared from the air we breathe due to the use of bicycles rather than motor vehicles.

Bicycling has been a popular mode of transportation in California in general, and in the Sacramento area in particular for decades, as evidenced by the seemingly endless bike paths. In 2005, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Davis as the first “Platinum Level” city in the U.S., and Bicycling Magazine named Davis the best small town for cycling in its compilation of “America’s Best Biking Cities.”

Bicycles on the roadway are, by law, vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. However, all too often accidents involving bicycles occur either because motorists fail to see or yield to bicyclists, or because the bicyclists themselves fail to stop at STOP signs. When cars and bicycles do collide, the damage to the bicyclist can be devastating, and its not hard to see why. Physics informs us that force equals mass multiplied by acceleration, which is commonly expressed in the formula F = MxA. As such, the force exerted on a bicyclist can be extreme, as when a rapidly accelerating two-ton vehicle strikes an unprotected rider. When these unfortunate accidents do happen, bicyclists are often left with broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011, 677 pedal cyclists were killed and an additional 48,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Pedal cyclist deaths accounted for 2 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities, and made up 2 percent of the people injured in traffic crashes during the year. To reduce risk, all bicyclists should wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, helmets are the single most effective way to prevent head injuries resulting from a bicycle crash.

THE TARASENKO LAW FIRM IS KNOWLEDGEABLE AND EXPERIENCED IN HANDLING BICYCLE COLLISION CASES. IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE HAVE BEEN HURT IN A BICYCLE ACCIDENT PLEASE CALL 888-878-0830. THE TARASENKO LAW FIRM HANDLES BICYCLE ACCIDENT CASES IN THE SACRAMENTO REGION AND THROUGHOUT NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

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