Annual bicycle fatality statistics and information from the California Highway Patrol has revealed that on average, there is at least one fatal bicycle accident every month in Orange County. In addition to the most tragic fatal accidents, there are also hundreds of accidents involving other types of injuries such as contusions, broken bones, and head injuries. Proper safety equipment can help to reduce the severity of injuries sustained in bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles, but at the end of the day, if you are a bicyclist and you are struck by a vehicle, the chances are high that you will sustain some types of injuries.
Although there are many bike friendly cities in Orange County, and many dedicated lanes and trails for bicyclists to use exclusively, many cyclists still like to frequent the open roads and share the road with other traffic, which they are legally entitled to do so. Unfortunately, by sharing lanes with vehicle traffic, it greatly exposes bicyclists to chances for injuries, or being struck by vehicles.
Recent studies of motor vehicle and bike accident fatalities in Orange County have revealed that most of the fatalities are caused when bicyclists that are struck by cars. Furthermore, almost all of these types of accidents occur near major intersections. It is on these major intersections that both bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers should be the most cautious, in order to avoid significant injuries and collisions.
If you are a bicyclist, and you have been injured from a motor vehicle, we recommend you seek immediate treatment for your injuries. Subsequently, you may get constant calls from the automobile driver’s insurance, asking you to settle your claims with them. However, it would be ill advised to attempt to resolve this without first seeking consultation from an experienced attorney to discuss your claims. Insurance companies love nothing more than taking advantage of unrepresented individuals making claims.
If you have been involved in an automobile accident or have been struck by an automobile, please feel free to contact the Law Firm of Rivers Morrell today for a free consultation at (949) 305-1400 to discuss your claims and injuries. Our experienced attorneys can help you get the best medical attention and settlement for your claims!