While Washington, D.C., and other cities have struggled to find the money to build more bicycle lanes, a new study found that dedicated lanes for cyclists are not the best way to reduce the severity of bike crash injuries. Both bicycle and motorcycle accident injuries continue to claim lives and cause serious physical harm even in cities with plenty of bike lanes, according to the study performed at the University of Buffalo.
The study examined the data relating to the severity of injuries for those involved in crashes while traveling in the bike lanes. This data was compared to the severity of injury for those traveling in the same lanes as car traffic. Previous studies suggested a lower number of crashes for those places where bike lanes are readily available, but none of the studies had determined if the severity of these crashes was less severe.
The new study showed that the use of alcohol by the cyclist or motorist, the time of day and speed limit were more significant factors than bike lanes in the severity of injuries sustained by cyclists. The severity of injuries when these other factors were considered was the same, no matter if the cyclist was in a bike lane or in a traffic lane.
Those who have been injured in a bicycle or motorcycle accident may be entitled to seek damages from the driver who caused the accident. A personal injury attorney may represent someone who has been injured in such an accident in his or her efforts to collect these damages. Payments may include medical bills for treatment of injuries, sums for pain and suffering and expenses such as lost wages during recovery.
Source: King 5 News, “Study: Bike lanes don’t reduce severity of bike/car crashes,” June 3, 2013