Since the weather has gotten nicer, you’ve made it a point to take your bike out for a ride down Clarendon Boulevard at least three times a week. However, lately your wife has been consistently and repeatedly insisting on your taking extra precautions.
She basically stands next to the door with a check list to make sure you have your helmet, knee pads, and gloves, and that you’re wearing appropriately bright clothing. She then quizzes you on what to do in certain situations. You always smile and go through the motions to make her happy, but is it really necessary?
Bike Accident Statistics
A bike ride on a warm summer day can not only be a great form of exercise, but it can also be a breathtakingly beautiful and exhilarating experience. However, if you don’t know and prepare for the risks involved, that experience can quickly become deadly.
Every year, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles releases a report entitled Virginia Traffic Crash Facts which provides detailed information about current traffic collision trends. Unfortunately, each year, the bicycle accident data is dangerously disappointing. The reports emphasize the dangers of biking by noting that:
- Bicyclists face a higher risk of crash-related injury and deaths than occupants of motor vehicles.
- Bicycle accidents result in more severe injuries and deaths than any type of motor vehicle accidents save motorcycle collisions.
- Approximately 800 bicyclists a year are involved in fatal accidents in Virginia.
- An estimated 515,000 emergency department visits a year are due to bicycle-related injuries.
Although you shouldn’t give up the joy of bike riding as a result of these facts, you should learn the importance of safety and understand what you may jeopardize if you ride carelessly. Riding a bike—especially in traffic—requires immense focus and attention to detail. If you feel that you may not be safe or that your concentration may be lacking, don’t attempt to ride; walk your bike or skip the ride altogether.
Bike accident injuries can be extremely traumatic and debilitating. Treatments and recovery can be not only long and arduous, but expensive as well. If you’ve recently been injured in a bike accident, contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll help you understand whether you’re entitled to compensation, as well as help you through the process of filing your claim. Get the money you need and deserve for your treatment. Call today!
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