Dangers to Cyclists

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Posted: September 22, 2022

Helmets are the most effective motorcycle-safety measure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For motorcycle riders helmets are 37% effective in preventing death, and for passengers they’re 41%. In 2015 alone, helmets saved 1,872 lives. 

How to Potentially Reduce the Chance of Being Seriously Injured in an Accident 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention almost 1,000 bicyclist die, and over 130,000 are injured, in crashes on the road each year. Most of these deaths occurred in urban areas, and nearly two-thirds occurred on sections of road away from intersections. According to the CDC, bicyclists can potentially reduce the chance of being injured in an accident. Bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of serious injury, and reduce crash-related injuries and deaths. Fluorescent clothing can help to improve visibility during the daytime, and retro-reflective clothing and materials on a bicycle can make bicyclists more visible at night, according to the CDC.  

Motorists Have to Exercise Reasonable Care to Avoid Colliding with Bicyclists  

Motorists on the road must exercise reasonable care. That means they have to use their senses to see what is there to be seen, and drive reasonably under the circumstances. Drivers who fail to see a bicyclist that is there to be seen, regardless of who has the right of way, can potentially be liable for injuries caused. Thus, if a motorist was driving over the speed limit, failed to stop at a stop sign, or ran a red light, resulting in an injury to a cyclist, that motorist will be at fault and can be liable for injuries caused.  

Sometimes, despite the precautions taken, a cyclist cannot avoid being involved in an accident. If you are involved in an accident while bicycling on New York roads and are looking for an experienced  attorney, please don’t hesitate speak with an attorney at William Mattar, P.C..  Call (844) 444-4444 today.

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