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Bicycle Accidents in Orange County

Along the Orange County coastline you will increasingly see bicycle riders everywhere. Many individuals in California with a short commute choose a bicycle as their means of transportation to avoid traffic. In many cities their popularity is so great that special bike lanes set aside part of the roadway exclusively for cyclists.

Cycling becomes very dangerous when bike riders share the road with with cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Even with bike lanes and right of way laws, many motor vehicle drivers are careless and even reckless around bicycles. Because bicycles are fast, fragile and inconspicuous by comparison with motor vehicles, some drivers have a hard time noticing them. Every year many cyclists are involved in serious crashes with vehicles as a result.

Bicycle Accident Lawyers With Experience

Silverthorne Attorneys notes any bicycle accident could potentially result in serious injuries; damage that could affect a person for the rest of their life. Similar to motorcycle accidents, bicycle accident victims have very little to protect them during a crash. After impact with a vehicle, there really isn’t much guarding a cyclist from the possible crushing force of other vehicles, pavement, curbs, trees, and mailboxes. People who are involved in bicycle accidents tend to suffer from broken bones, head trauma, internal injuries, spinal cord injuries, crushed limbs, and road rash. Serious injuries can entail costly medical procedures, therapy, and perhaps even long-term care from a medical professional. Permanent disability and even death may result from a minor collision. A bicycle accident attorney from the Silverthorne Law Firm will take control of your case and situation to make sure you receive the medical attention needed and fair compensation to pay for expenses resulting from your bicycle accident injuries.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • In 2009 the average age of bicyclists killed in crashes with motor vehicles was 41 years, up from 32 years in 1998, and 24 in 1988.
  • 87 percent of those killed were male.
  • 64 percent of those killed were between the ages of 25 and 64.
  • 13 percent of those killed in 2008 were under age 16, down from 30 percent of those killed in 1998.
  • The average age of bicyclists injured in crashes with motor vehicles was 31 years, up from 24 years in 1998.
  • 80 percent of those injured were male.
  • 51 percent of those injured were between the ages of 25 and 64.
  • 20 percent of those injured were under age 16.

Every year in the United States, half a million bicyclists are treated for injuries resulting from bicycle accidents. Silverthorne Attorneys notes that many of these accidents result from negligent vehicle drivers, and at Silverthorne Attorneys we make it our goal to hold these negligent drivers responsible for their actions. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a bicycle accident and you believe another person to be responsible, you should immediately consult with an injury lawyer at our firm.

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