In a prior post, we highlighted some of the dangers drivers face as fall is here. As daylight savings time ends, more people will be commuting to and from work in the dark. This creates another set of hazards for people who ride their bikes to and from work and school. These issues were highlighted in a recent report published by the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA).
Essentially, the report noted that the number of people killed in bicycle accidents increased 16 percent between 2010 and 2012. A number of factors contributed to this rise, including the number of people riding without helmets. In 2012, 66 percent of riders killed in bike accidents were not wearing protective headgear. Additionally, 28 percent of riders who lost their lives had blood alcohol levels above the legal limit in Pennsylvania (.08).
These statistics suggest that riders must be vigilant while on the roads. Nevertheless, riders are not the only people responsible when it comes to an accident. Drivers must follow the same safety protocols when it comes to driving under the influence and using reasonable care while behind the wheel. Because drivers may not suffer the same severity of injury when in an accident with a bicyclist, it is more likely that they will be held liable when an accident occurs.
Yes, as winter approaches few bicyclists will be seen on the road, but the danger remains the same. If you or some you know has been in a bicycle accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you on your rights and options.