Major Road Threats to Bicyclists

Leaving your car in the driveway and covering pavement using your bicycle, whether to go to work or to run an errand is not only healthy and environment friendly, but also faster and much cheaper. Despite these and the many other benefits of riding a bicycle, you must not forget the dangers that bicyclists are always exposed to, such as pollution (especially if you ride on very busy roads) and the many kinds of road hazards, like defective roads and, most especially, uncaring motorists, who do not see you and those who think that you should not be on the road.

In 2013, 900 bicyclists died in traffic accident, while an estimated 494,000 were rushed to emergency department. In 2014, thanks to the educational Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety programs introduced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatal bicycle accidents went down to 720, a 20% decrease from the previous year.

Every time an accident involving a bicycle and a motor vehicle occurs, warnings on how dangerous bicycling can be, and reminders that bicyclists should be extra careful and that motor vehicle drivers should respect bicyclists’ right of way, are always made. Major road threats to bicyclists include distracted drivers, drivers who over speed and alcohol-impaired drivers. No doubt bicycle safety programs offer a lot of safety tips to bicyclists; but it will also surely result to much better road situations if local government agencies will put in extra effort in getting dangerous drivers off the roads.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), besides alcohol-impairment, not wearing a helmet is another major contributing factor to fatal bicycle accidents.

The West Palm Beach car accident attorneys of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. explains that the consequences of bicycle accidents, which include ongoing pain and suffering, and emotional, psychological, and financial burdens are bad enough; it is worse, however, if the bicyclist did actually nothing to cause the accident. To help the injured victim secure the financial compensation that is needed to pay for the financial costs of resulting from the accident, the best way is to file a civil lawsuit against the party at fault in the accident.

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