As America Goes Green, Bicycle Accidents Are on the Rise
In February, an Oklahoma State University professor was involved in a tragic accident. While riding his bicycle to work, Assistant Visiting Professor of English, Seth Wood, a car struck and then ran over him. He suffered extensive physical injuries, include a serious head trauma. He is slowly recovering in an Oklahoma City hospital and a special fund was set up to help with his medical bills.
As more Americans go green by limiting their carbon footprint, there is an increase in bicycles sharing the roads with automobiles. And unfortunately, this means that bicycle danger is on the rise. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration catalogs the number of accidents between motor vehicles and pedalcyclists — meaning bicycles, tricycles and unicycles. In 2011, there were 52,000 injuries resulting from such accidents. And, unfortunately, these accidents often result in traumatic brain injury, despite the use of safety helmets.
When riding your bicycle alongside motor vehicles, it is important to follow all safety precautions. Some bike safety tips include:
- wearing a safety helmet
- obeying the traffic laws
- riding with the traffic, as opposed to against it
- riding in a straight line without swerving
- using a headlight and taillight at night or in poor visibility
- avoiding road hazards and construction
However, the cyclist’s actions may be irrelevant if another party is at fault for the crash. When another driver’s negligence, recklessness or wrongful conduct causes an injury, you deserve compensation. After a crash, contact a bicycle accident attorney to review the facts of your case. At The Barkett Law Firm, our legal team will fight for maximum compensation.