Bicycle Accidents

Edward A Smith is one of Sacramento's top personal injury attorneys and handles bicycle accidents and injuries.

“Life may not be about your bike, but it sure can help you get through it.”Around 20 percent of all Americans over 18 ride bicycles on a regular basis. 77 Percent of all bicycle riders are male. In 2012, over 726 cyclists were killed and 49,000 injured in accidents.

There are many causes for bicycle accidents. Single vehicle crashes are common.

Yet many crashes occur because of the negligence of other drivers, the bicycle manufacturer or due to defective roadway design.

Common types of Bicycle Accidents:Motorist turning left in front of a bike.

As can be seen in the video above,  a car failing to see a bicyclist leaves little room to avoid a serious collision.

Motorist turning right in front of bike

Many motorists turn from a middle lane, and the bicyclist gets caught between the turning car and the curb.

Rear End Collisions

This type of collision happens when a car rear ends a stopped or slower bicyclist or when a Bicyclist hits a car who suddenly stops.

Collisions where a dog chases a bicycle

4 percent of bicycle accident crashes happen where a dog is chasing the bicyclist.

Roadway Defect Cases

The video's above illustrate how many serious crashes are caused by roadway defects. In these cases it is especially important to move quickly as, in California, claims against government entities must be filed within 180 days.

Bicycle Product Liability Claims

As can be seen above, many serious bicycle accidents can be caused by some defective component of the bicycle assembly process.

In short, serious bicycle accidents can be caused by the negligence of other drivers, by defects in a roadway or by manufacturing problems.

I'm Ed Smith, a Sacramento Bicycle Accident Lawyer since 1982.  Call me anytime at 916.921.6400 in Sacramento for free, friendly advice.

I'm a member of the Million Dollar Forum an organization of attorney's who have achieved multiple million dollar verdicts and settlements.

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