No matter how careful you are, riding your bicycle on the roadways of California comes with risks. Many of these stem directly from the actions of people in the vehicles around you, and your vulnerability is only somewhat lessened by protective gear. The team at A.G. Assanti & Associates, P.C., have provided legal assistance to many cyclists who have fallen victim to a car crash.
According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, the most recent statistics available show that there were 818 bicyclist fatalities in the United States in 2015, which was over 12 percent higher than the previous year. You are more likely to be involved in a crash if you are male, since only 13 percent of the people killed were female. Only 37 of the deaths were children under the age of 15. Data indicates that the description of a typical victim would be a helmetless male over the age of 16 who is not alcohol impaired.
Safety experts urge you to wear a helmet to reduce your risk of serious or fatal head injuries because these are the most common causes of death in crashes. Wearing a helmet could save your life, but it cannot prevent all traumatic brain injuries. In one study, riders who wore helmets lowered their chances of a severe TBI by only half, while the odds of death went down 44 percent.
Hospitalizations for head injuries from cycling surpass football, baseball, skateboarding, ice hockey and horseback riding cases combined. More information about cycling and traffic crash risk is available on our web page.