A recent article has brought our attention to who is paying for and using the roads. We want to share some of the insights with you because they relate directly to bicyclist safety. The article was written in response to someone who complained that bicyclists do not pay enough for road maintenance and paving, yet they still use the road and complain about the conditions.
However, most cyclists do pay the same fees, through their taxes, for the roadways. The difference is that they are not putting the same wear and tear on the roadways. The article goes on to point out that cycling is generally riskier in the US than it is for people in other counties due to the fact that there are fewer bikes lanes or dedicated bike paths.
A statewide poll showed that 8 in 10 California voters “believe in the need to change the way we build streets and roads, to make it safe for everyone to get around, whether they drive, walk, bike or use public transportation.”
We know that bicycle accidents often occur because of driver negligence. When you need an Oceanside bicycle accident attorney, Edward “Skip” Babbitt is ready to help.
What Can Happen?
Though California cities have made many strides towards improving bicyclist safety, we still have plenty of accidents. For the latest reporting year:
- There were 11,634 bicycle accident injuries
- There were 147 bicycle accident fatalities
Closer to home, Oceanside saw 43 bicycle accident injuries and fatalities.
Bicyclists have almost no protection from hazards they face on the roadways, whether drivers or road conditions are the reason for the accident. Even cyclists who wear a helmet are vulnerable to other injuries. In bicycle accidents, it is not uncommon to see severe lacerations or other soft tissue damage, broken and dislocated bones, spinal cord and hear trauma, or internal organ damage.
These injuries almost always require surgery to repair. If extended rehabilitation is needed, a bicycle accident victim could face medical expenses that reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Will your insurance cover all of that?
Often, bicycle accidents are caused because agencies tasked with maintaining the roadways, bike paths, and sidewalks fail to regularly inspect and maintain them.
Other times, negligent drivers are the cause. This can include:
- Drunk drivers
- Distracted drivers
- Speeding or aggressive drivers
Despite every effort a bicyclist may take to stay safe, they cannot control the actions of other people around them.
What Are Your Options?
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, Edward “Skip” Babbitt is standing by and ready to help. He will investigate your case and work to secure the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses. This includes help with medical costs, lost income, as well as pain and suffering damages. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 619-543-1789 for a free consultation.