According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 57 million people rode a bicycle at least once during the summer of 2002. In 2007, 43,000 bicyclist were injured and 698 people were killed as result of a collision with an automobile .
How Bicycle Accidents Occur
Bicycling is more than just a popular sport in Southern California, it is a way of life. It is an economically savvy, “green” mode of transportation for some, and a recreational outlet for others. Unfortunately, our roads are dominated by cars, which make the streets of San Diego extremely dangerous places for bike riders.
Accidents involving bicyclist occur in a number of ways:
- Bicycles are hard to see, especially at dusk or in the dark
- Drivers fail to yield at a stop sign or red light at an intersection, striking a bicyclist
- Drivers are distracted and veer into the bike lane, hitting a bicyclist
- Drivers are drunk or under the influence of drugs
Types of Bicycle Injuries
Auto accidents involving bicyclists can result in serious injuries, including:
- Broken Bones
- Torn Ligaments
- Concussion/Brain Injuries
- Cuts & Abrasions
Why Hire the Mortlock Law Group?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, it is important to contact a San Diego bicycle accident lawyer who knows the rules of the road and how deal with insurance adjusters and jurors who don’t understand what it is like to ride on bike on the streets of San Diego. The North County San Diego bicycle accident attorneys at the Mortlock Law Group are knowledgeable in the area of bicycle accidents and know the specific requirements the California Vehicle Code places on the bicycle riders for the safe operation of their bicycle.
The Mortlock Law Group accept auto accident cases on a contingent fee basis, which means you do not have to pay any money up front and nothing if we do not win your case. For a free consultation, please contact the Mortlock Law Group today.