Riding a bicycle may seem like an enjoyable pastime or a simple method of communication, but bicycles can be deceptively dangerous. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration reports that over 50,000 people are injured or killed every year in bicycle accidents.
The mild weather in the greater San Diego area means that many people commute locally on bicycles, and California has more than its share of bicycle accidents. Over 10,000 injury accidents and 100 bicycle fatalities occur in California every year; many of them in the San Diego areas of El Cajon, La Mesa and the neighboring locales.
Bicycle Accident Injuries
Because bicyclists lack the protection of a large vehicle, bicycle accident injuries are often more severe than in other types of accidents. As many as 75% of bicycle fatalities are a result of head trauma, so many bicyclists incur brain injuries in their accidents. Spinal cord injuries and broken bones are also common in San Diego bicycle accidents.
These types of serious, long-term injuries quickly become expensive, and they carry lasting implications. Many people who suffer brain injuries never recover to their former lifestyles, and may not be able to return to work or enjoy the same quality of life as before the accident. A spinal injury can leave an unlucky bicyclist in a wheelchair for life, and these types of long-term accidents translate to expensive damages.
Additionally, the surgery and immediate medical treatment required for serious bicycle accident injuries can quickly add up to tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. You shouldn’t have to pay these bills; the negligent driver who caused your accident is responsible.
Let San Diego’s injury law firm be your advocate. Call the Law Offices of Philip M. Cohen A.P.C. for a free consultation today, and we’ll use our 90 years of combined experience to get you closure and financial recovery for your El Cajon, La Mesa or San Diego area bicycle accident.