As more people use bicycles for transportation, the amount of cyclists getting injured in an accident may increase in the coming years. There is an average of 800 riders dying in a bike-related accident every year. This is about two accidents a day. But the costs of these crashes are also increasing. The total cost of bike injuries in the United States have increased millions of dollars. From medical bills, missed work, and loss of enjoyment, these accidents can cost the victim up to $80k a year.
Cycling is an increasingly popular sport in South Florida. If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, contact a personal injury attorney. You may have a chance to obtain compensation for the injuries sustained in the accident.
The amount of older cyclists keeps increasing every year. Being over 39 is a huge risk factor for sustaining major cycling injuries. There is almost 3.6 million cyclists over the age of 45 riding on our roads. Health issues such as bleeding and hematomas can happen more often among older cyclists. Also, older patients generally need more time to recover and they are more sensitive to severe injuries as well as other medical conditions.
The place where you ride can affect the costs of your medical bills. Urban environments, for example, seem more prone to accidents. Bike accidents used to occur more in areas away from the streets. However, as more people live in the city and ride on congested streets, more cyclists may experience devastating accidents requiring costly medical treatment. These costs seem to be rising 0.80 % since the 90s. Also, cycling has become super popular in recent years, particularly in urban areas, which means more accidents and possible injuries may occur.
While accidents have become more frequent, there are things you can do as a cyclist to avoid them. You can wear bright clothing, ride safe, and follow all the road rules. Drivers can also help cyclists by driving carefully and allowing them plenty of space to maneuver.
Despite the bad news, cycling is still one of the best exercises out there and one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transportation. Perhaps some changes such as new roadway designs can help reduce the amount of cyclists injured every year.
Bicycle accident victims should get the medical care they need and receive compensation for their injuries. This may only be possible with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. Our attorneys are here to protect your interests. If you ride a bicycle for any reason, we are here for you. Contact us today and schedule a case review with one of our talented attorneys. We understand how important cycling is for you and will make sure your legal rights are fully protected.