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Bicycle Accidents

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Cycling is a cost-effective, healthy mode of transportation that offers cyclists and communities many benefits, such as improved cardiovascular health, reduced traffic and less fuel consumption. Cycling itself isn’t necessarily more dangerous than other modes of travel. However, when vehicle drivers don’t share the road safely with cyclists, the consequences can be tragic.

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Bicycle Accidents

  1. 1. Why crashes involving bicyclists are some of the worst on our roads. BICYCLE INJURIES IN MARYLAND
  2. 2. Is Cycling Dangerous? Cycling is a cost-effective, healthy mode of transportation that offers cyclists and communities many benefits, such as improved cardiovascular health, reduced traffic and less fuel consumption. Cycling itself isn’t necessarily more dangerous than other modes of travel. However, when vehicle drivers don’t share the road safely with cyclists, the consequences can be tragic.
  3. 3. Bicycle Accidents in Maryland  Approximately 800 cyclists die in crashes with vehicles every year in the United States.  Every year in Maryland, there are more than 700 crashes involving bicycles or pedal-cyclists.  Of those crashes, around 600 resulted in some type of injury.  In Maryland, approximately 7 cyclists are killed and 68 suffer serious injuries in collisions with motor vehicles annually.
  4. 4. The Statistics on Bicycle Accidents  More than 85 percent of Maryland bicycle crashes are in the Baltimore and Washington Metropolitan areas.  A little more than half of cyclist fatalities occur between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.  Nearly three-fourths of these crashes occur outside of intersections.  Eighty-five percent of cyclists killed in crashes with motor vehicles are male.
  5. 5. Bicycle Accidents are More Likely to Result in Injury A study of bicycle crashes in Maryland found that 80 percent of bicyclists involved in crashes with motor vehicles suffered injuries. That is double the injury rate of all crashes in Maryland.
  6. 6. Common Injuries in Bicycle Accidents When a motor vehicle strikes a cyclist, the injuries can be severe. Common injuries include:  Brain injuries  Spinal injuries  Extensive soft tissue damage  Fractures  Internal injuries
  7. 7. The Costs of Cyclist Injuries A large study based on data from 1997 to 2013 found that there were 3.8 million non-fatal bicyclist crash injuries and nearly 10,000 deaths reported in that period. The costs were not only staggering ($209 billion for nonfatal injuries and $28 billion for bike-related deaths), but they were also rising. Nonfatal injury costs in these crashes increased by 140 percent from 1997 to 2013.
  8. 8. Driver Error in Bicycle Accidents When the driver of a vehicle makes errors, the results can be disastrous for a cyclist. Driver error comes in many forms, including…  Speeding  Failure to give cyclists adequate space  Failure to signal turns  Distraction  Impairment
  9. 9. Safe Cycling Tips To ensure your next ride is a safe one, consider the following tips… 1) Always wear a helmet. 2) Equip your bike with a light and always wear bright or reflective clothing at night. 3) Ride with traffic, not against it. 4) Always signal before turning. 5) Ride your bicycle the same way you would drive a vehicle, observing all the same rules of the road.
  10. 10. Sharing the Road with Cyclists  Always assume a cyclist is nearby, even if you don’t see one.  If you see a cyclist at an intersection, give them the right of way and assume they are going to cross your path.  When passing a cyclist, give them at least three feet of room. If weather is bad, double that to at least six feet.  Be cautious when opening your door into a bike lane.  Slow down when driving near cyclists, particularly if those cyclists are children.
  11. 11. When a Negligent Driver Causes a Cyclist’s Injuries As we’ve seen, the injuries suffered by cyclists in a crash can be incredibly debilitating and expensive. When a negligent driver was responsible for those injuries, they should be held accountable for the costs of their mistakes. A personal injury claim offers injured cyclists a way to receive compensation for the damages they’ve suffered.
  12. 12. Steven H. Heisler has been fighting for his clients for more than 20 years. He has helped clients across Maryland get the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent driver, contact Steven H. Heisler today to schedule a free consultation. Contact Steven H. Heisler Today

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