Long Beach bicyclists are often at risk of getting involved in an accident since they are riding in a densely populated area. Bicyclists are left vulnerable when sharing the road with other vehicles, especially since they have no protection that will prevent them from suffering severe injuries. Below, we have listed common scenarios that have contributed to the cause of a bicycle accident.
To reduce the likelihood of a bicycle accident, the city of Long Beach has established laws for bicyclists to follow. To begin with, a bicyclist must not ride on a sidewalk in these locations:
If a bicyclist is riding in a permitted area, they must yield to pedestrians and give bike hand signals when they are planning to slow down, stop, or make a turn. Furthermore, a bicyclist must not ride when they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They are required to be aware of their surroundings to keep a safe environment for those nearby. Lastly, a bicyclist must not wear earphones or headphones when riding, however, hearing aids are acceptable.
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California is one of the most popular states with the highest bicyclist deaths caused by car accidents. This is alarming information and proves that bicyclists are always at a high risk of getting involved in an accident caused by a driver. Once a bicyclist gets involved in an accident, they could suffer from a physical or mental injury. Below, we will discuss more in detail about each type of injury.
Brain injury. A brain injury occurs when your head experiences forceful impact. This can be extremely dangerous since the brain is arguably the most important organ in the body and has control over your body functions. If any damage is done to the brain, it could be difficult for you to properly function a day-to-day lifestyle.
Bicyclists have fallen victim to a brain injury, especially due to the fact that many of them do not wear a helmet when they are out for a ride. It is always essential for a bicyclist to have on a fitted helmet to protect them from enduring any serious brain injury that can leave them partially or fully paralyzed. A bike helmet can not only protect your head from forceful impact, but it may also cover your face from any bruises or scratches. Each bike helmet offers a different form of protection as some come with face coverings while others do not.
Unfortunately, many bicyclists choose not to wear a helmet. This can be detrimental to their safety as they have absolutely no protection against other vehicles on the road. Many researchers have conducted studies to convince bicyclists that a helmet does play a major factor in helping a bicyclist sustain less serious injuries. This includes the following:
Facial injury. Your face could suffer injuries if it is the first thing to make contact with the ground. Common injuries include missing teeth, fractured cheekbones, damaged eye sockets, or a broken jaw or nose. You might also experience difficulties breathing, permanent discoloration, facial swelling, pain, or numbness.
Spinal cord injury. Any damage done to the spinal cord may be permanent or temporary depending on which area was affected the most by the impact. Since it is connected to the nervous system and the brain, forceful impact to the spinal cord may result in symptoms, such as loss of movement, extreme back pain, difficulty breathing, loss of sensation, loss of control of the bladder or bowel, or lack of balance.
Wrongful death. Unfortunately, many personal injury cases have involved a fatal car and bicycle accident that has resulted in the death of a bicyclist. In most of these cases, the driver has been found at-fault for committing a wrongful death due to breaching their duty of care by:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is one of the most common mental injuries an individual may endure after being involved in an accident. It is known for an accident victim to endure symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, or frequent nightmares. The traumatic event may have impacted the victim’s overall aspect of life, which can dramatically impact their mental health. The victim may never want to ride a bike again due to the fear of getting into another horrific accident. Those who suffer from PTSD should seek immediate medical attention from a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist will examine your condition and determine a diagnosis. Once the diagnosis has been found, the psychiatrist will likely prescribe medication, such as antidepressants, to help the victim cope with their symptoms.
If you have sustained injuries as a result of a bicycle accident, you have the right to hold the guilty party responsible. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our Long Beach bicycle accident attorneys will help you get the justice you deserve.