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According to the California Highway Patrol, male bicyclists are much more likely to be killed than female cyclists. In a study of the years 2003 to 2015, there were 1,753 cycling fatalities in California. Out of those, 1,557 were males.

Why does this happen?

Most point out that this is because there are more male riders than female riders, but also that men are more inclined to ride on dangerous roads. The study points out that more fatalities, and more injuries, happen on stretches that have no bike lanes and longer stretches between stoplights.

Bike riding advocates say that the solution is a safer, more bicycle-friendly transportation grid. Cities like San Francisco have made strides to create a safer environment for bicyclists, but there are still far too many injuries and fatalities due to accidents.

Do you know what to do if you are injured in an accident?

If you need a San Francisco bicycle accident attorney, turn to Allegiance Law. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will work with you to ensure you get the compensation you need.

The Numbers

The latest annual numbers for bicycle accidents in California are in:

  • 147 bicyclist fatalities
  • 11,634 bicyclist injuries

The problem is that people are so vulnerable when they ride a bicycle. They have almost no protection against the force of a vehicle and, even at slow speeds, can suffer tremendous injuries. We often see massive internal organ damage, head trauma, spinal cord injuries, and more as a result of bicycle injuries.

How do cyclists get hurt?

Most of the time, they are injured after an impact with a vehicle. All too often, we find that careless drivers are at fault. Sometimes, this is because drivers simply do not pay attention when cyclists have the right-of-way. This commonly leads to accidents at crosswalks and intersections. Even at slower speeds, cyclists can sustain major injuries, especially if they get pinned under a vehicle.

Other times, we find that drunk and distracted drivers endanger the lives of bicyclists. While we know that impaired drivers are dangerous for everyone on the road, we are finding that drivers who constantly look at their cell phone screens instead of the roads can cause just as much damage. Drivers who are impaired or distracted often do not hit the brakes until after they hit someone, leading to many high-speed impacts.

What Are Your Options

We know that getting injured was the last thing on your mind when you set out on your bike, but at Allegiance Law, we want to help. Your focus needs to be on healing, not trying to get the compensation you need to cover all of your accident-related expenses. If someone else’s negligence has caused you harm, securing a strong legal team is the best thing you can do to ensure you will be treated fairly. When you need a San Francisco bicycle accident attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 415-404-6395 for a free consultation.

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