Bicycle Accidents in California Among the Nation’s Most for Fatalities
According to Southern California Cycling News, the state is usually among the top two in the nation each year for the most fatal bicycle accidents. In fact, recent years have seen bicycle fatalities make up as much as 4% of the state’s overall auto accident fatalities. That is about double the national average. How can you protect yourself?
A Helmet May Save Your Life
California was the first state in the US to develop a law requiring the use of a helmet. In fact, anyone who is under age 18 must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle in California. Head injuries are the most common type of injury sustained in a bicycle accident. It is also the most common cause of death.
According to recent statistics, a person is up to 40% more likely to sustain a head injury while driving on a road as opposed to off-road biking. This is often attributed to fewer people wearing helmets when driving on the road as well as vehicle traffic. July-September are the most common months for bicyclist fatalities.
What if You Are Injured?
We hope you are able to ride safely and that you use a helmet for additional protection. However, if you are injured in a bicycle accident, we encourage you to seek a consultation with our personal injury lawyers at Petrov Law Firm. Call 619-344-0360 to schedule a consultation and learn what compensation you may be owed as a result of the accident