Riding a Bicycle Can Be Absolutely Hazardous
As you carefully fasten your helmet, you decide to hop on your bicycle and head over to Warinanco Park. After all, the weather is gorgeous, and the landscape is beautiful. You carefully hug the side of the road and are shocked when a car appears out of nowhere. As you attempt to pedal faster, you find yourself knocked to the ground.
No doubt you would love to stand up.However, there seems to be a problem with your right leg. Not only can you feel that pain is radiating from it, but you are also shocked to see a bone poking out of the skin. At least the driver who hit you has the decency to stop. Oh, and also apologizes.
Whether you ride bikes casually or for training purposes, you know the risks involved. Riding a bicycle can absolutely be hazardous.
Bicycle Accidents on the Rise
For a while, there appeared to be a slight decrease in the number of bicycle accidents. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), that is no longer the case. Their analysis shows a nineteen percent increase in fatal bicycle accidents from 2010-2013. Notwithstanding, that number does not take into account individuals who suffered minor or severe injuries as a result of a bike crash.
Here in New Jersey, the Legislature clearly recognizes the problem. A bill is currently pending with the purpose of establishing a Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Advisory Council. The stated purpose of the Council would be to study safety concerns and make recommendations that would improve conditions.
What are some reasons that bicycle accidents are on the rise? For one, it could be as simple as the idea that more people are hopping on their bikes. Notwithstanding, some cyclists may not be taking safety precautions for themselves. Unfortunately, there can also be issues with motor vehicle operators not focused on the road.
Reasons for Bike Crashes
Of course, there is always the prospect that a cyclist’s actions were the cause of an accident. Unfortunately, some bicycle accidents happened because the bicycle rider was intoxicated. However, here are some other reasons for bike crashes:
- Visibility Issues – Motor vehicle operator was blinded by the sun. Otherwise, there could be problems with fog or poorly lit roads.
- Failure to Comply with Signs or Signals – This could be on the part of the cyclist or another driver.
- Speed – The consequences of a speeding vehicle can be deadly.
- Distracted driving – In a matter of seconds, distracted driving can cause a wreck.
Without question, these are some of the biggest problems when it comes to bicycle accidents. As is the case with pedestrians or motorcycle crashes, injuries are often quite severe.