As San Franciscans gain greater awareness of the environmental impact of cars and buses, more and more residents are opting to park their vehicles and hop upon their bicycles to travel to and from in-town destinations. Cycling advocates have even created a bicycle coalition to help residents safely navigate the streets and avoid the potential pitfalls of traveling alongside the city’s cars, trolleys, and BART buses. Unfortunately, far too many cyclists are injured each year due to the inattention of other drivers and inability of motorists to share the road. If you were recently hit and injured while riding your bicycle, the Law Office of Nelson C. Barry can assist you in achieving financial recovery against the individual or entity responsible for the incident. We have sued both individual drivers and mass transit operators and encourage you to contact our office today to discuss your case.
Bicycle injury statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2011 saw 677 fatalities and 48,000 injuries endured by cyclists involved in accidents with motor vehicles. Alarmingly, the number of fatalities stemming from accidents has steadily risen over the past ten years and, as of the most recent data, 2.1 percent of vehicle-bicycle accidents result in cyclist fatality. The largest percentage of incidents occur in the late afternoon or early evening, after 4pm but before 8pm. Additionally, statistics reveal that out of all traffic fatalities occurring in 2011, California had the fourth-highest percentage of cyclist-fatalities with 4.1 percent – well above the national average of 2.17 percent.
Cyclist’s recent death sheds light on importance safety
In August of this year, a 24-year old woman’s life met its tragic end after she was struck and killed while riding her bicycle. The woman, identified as Amelie Le Moullac was riding eastbound, well within the designated bike lane, on Folsom Street when a tractor trailer turning right onto Sixth Street struck her. Although the truck driver was not cited in the accident, Le Moullac’s heartbreaking passing should serve as a reminder to all San Francisco residents that cyclists are to be regarded with the same respect and precaution as any other motorist on the roadway.
How can a personal injury attorney help?
A personal injury attorney like those found at the Law Office of Nelson C. Barry can help you recover the costs of your medical expenses and lost wages incurred as a result of your injuries. In addition, many cyclists involved in accidents lose their bikes due to the damage caused by the impact. Your attorney will help you recover the cost of your property damage and get you on the way to purchasing a new bike. If you are severely injured and left unable to work or perform other daily tasks, you could also recover additional damages for your pain and suffering or mental anguish.
Contact our office today
If you are recovering from the aftermath of a startling and painful bicycle accident, the Law Office of Nelson C. Barry can help you better understand your legal options moving forward. To arrange a consultation, call (415) 587-0550 today.