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Risk Factors Related to Bicycle Accidents

By Evan L. Kaine

The majority of people ride bicycles for health/exercise reasons and recreation rather than out of necessity as a means of transportation. You should be aware of bicycle accident risks and, if involved in a bicycle accident, consult an attorney who can help protect your rights.

According to BikeSafe, the most common bike accident scenes for bike-motor vehicle crashes are:

  • Local streets (sites of 33 percent of accidents)
  • Intersections (sites of 50 percent of accidents)
  • Roads with posted speed limits of 35 or less (sites of 75 percent of accidents)

The age group with the highest injury and fatality rates are youth between the ages of 10 to 15. In this group, accidents are most prevalent when bikers ride out from driveways and intersections, swerve left and right or ride in the wrong direction. An interesting comparison is the lower crash and fatality rates for bikers aged 65 and over and the fact that they ride in safer locations and at safer times of day. Urban areas are the most dangerous sites for bicyclists and the months of June, July, and August see the highest number of accidents (35 percent). Because 31 percent of bicycle fatalities occur between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., you can conclude these are the worst times of day to ride bicycles in terms of safety. More than one-third of bicycle-motor vehicle crashes involved driving under the influence of alcohol, which included bicyclists and motorists.

An Atlanta bicycle accident lawyer can evaluate your bike accident for underlying causes and determine whether someone else is liable.

At Kaine Law, our highly-qualified bike accident lawyers work diligently to recover the compensation you deserve.

Published June 26, 2013

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