The results of a new study point out that the severity of injuries in a motorcycle or bicycle crash are not necessarily reduced by the presence of bike lanes. These findings may change the attitude of Phoenix supporters who have long believed that putting in bike lanes on highways will reduce the incident of injury from motorcycle accidents or bicycle collisions.
The study pointed out that many researchers have determined that the overall number of bicycle accidents may be reduced by the introduction of dedicated bike lanes. However, the severity of the injuries resulting from the accidents that do occur shows no difference whether the rider was in a bike lane or a regular highway lane at the time of the crash. This means that the introduction of bike lanes may reduce the frequency but not the overall severity of injuries due to bike crashes.
Advocates for bike lanes have long pointed to reduced crash incidents, although not all studies support this conclusion. Having a dedicated bike lane is said to reduce the number of crashes by allowing cyclists to move out of the path of regular traffic and cars to easily and safely pass bicycle or motorcycle riders. However, if a driver is negligent and hits a rider in the bike lane, the danger of serious physical harm is still the same.
Arizona residents who have suffered injuries from a bicycle or motorcycle accident may be entitled to seek damages from the at-fault driver. An accident attorney may represent the victim of an accident and assist him or her in collecting these damages. An accident victim may be able to recover sums for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other costs.
Source: KING5 News, “Study: Bike lanes don’t reduce severity of bike/car crashes,” June 3, 2013