Riding a bicycle is an efficient, inexpensive and environmentally-friendly way to get around. However, despite the fact that there are numerous safety regulations and tools to keep riders safe when they share the road with motorists, accidents can and do happen all the time.
While every rider is at some risk of being hit and injured in a serious bicycle accident in South Carolina, there are some riders who are at a higher risk than others.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following riders are more likely to be in an accident:
- Adults between the ages of 50 and 59 have a higher chance of dying in a bicycle accident.
- Children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 19 are more likely to get into a nonfatal accident, but can still suffer very serious injuries.
- Men have a higher chance of getting hurt or dying in a bicycle accident.
- Riders in urban areas are more likely to get into an accident.
- Riders are more at risk at non-intersections.
Knowing and understanding the risk can help people stay safe. However, it’s not just up to the bicyclist to know this. Rather, it’s more important that the other motorists are on the lookout for bicyclists and understand that these riders have just as much a right to be on the roads.
Unfortunately, accidents will continue to happen, especially when motorists are either not paying attention or refusing to safely share the road with bicyclists. In these situations, riders and their families can be dealing with catastrophic injuries, massive medical bills and a whole host of other damages.
If you or your loved was injured in a serious bicycle accident recently, then you should know that you do not have to go through this difficult situation alone. You can discuss the details of the accident with a personal injury attorney who can help you understand your options and help you work toward receiving compensation.