Interest in cycling as a means of transportation in New York City and other large cities has increased in recent years. This has led to the implementation of bike sharing programs and lanes devoted solely to bike traffic. It has also prompted safety initiatives and campaigns targeted at ending behaviors that can lead to a bicycle accident. These include increased fines for motorists who open their doors in the path of a cyclist and numerous awareness efforts.
Motorcycles share the road with automobiles and generally have more presence than a bicycle, but riders face similar threats as pedal-powered cyclists. In a community with fewer people riding motorcycles, for instance, drivers may be less aware of the smaller vehicles. The simple lack of awareness is one cause of both bicycle and motorcycle accidents. Another issue for both types of cyclists is their own driving behavior. Of all factors, growth of the cyclist community may be the most important factor in preventing bike accidents.
A group called Look! Chicago has targeted a specific behavior in an effort to reduce bicycle injuries. According to a personal injury lawyer who handles bicycle accidents exclusively, around 50 percent of bike-vehicle accidents involve failure to give right-of-way or a motorist opening their door into a bicycle’s path. The group has so far placed 7,000 stickers on the city’s taxi cabs, and the Chicago Department of Transportation has made bike safety a core part of its cab driver training curriculum.
A majority of fatalities and hospitalizations resulting from bike accidents involve head injuries. This type of trauma may result in long-term damage, paralysis, rehabilitation or other significant medical expenses. An experienced motor vehicle accidents attorney may be able to help anyone injured in bicycle or motorcycle accidents with a claim seeking compensation for their pain and suffering.
Source: The New York Times, “Bike Sharing Can Mean Safer Biking,” Sophie Egan, June 13, 2013