South Bay Bicycle Accident Attorney
How common are cycling accidents?
According to the most recent statistics provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety, 12,591 people were injured in bicycle accidents statewide in 2010. This figure is in addition to the 111 people who lost their lives in bike crashes in the same year. The highest rate of injury was among people aged 15-24, followed by people in the 25-34 age group, while the highest rate of death was among 45 to 54-year-olds. Cycling is an excellent form of transportation - healthy, affordable, enjoyable and environmentally friendly - but it also exposes the rider to the ever-present risk of catastrophic injury or death.
The dangers of riding a bicycle are especially great in an area such as the South Bay and the rest of Los Angeles, where so many people spend most of their time on the streets in automobiles and do not pay as much attention as they should to the presence of cyclists. A large percentage of all bike accidents are caused by car and truck drivers who do not look before pulling out of driveways and parking spots, who turn at intersections without checking their mirrors or who deny the right of way to a cyclist at an intersection.
Help for Injured Cyclists in the South Bay
Bicycle accidents can have devastating consequences for the rider. Even the most safety-conscious cyclist has very little protection in the event of a collision, and is vulnerable to injuries including broken bones, traumatic brain injury, severe skin abrasions, spinal cord injury or even fatal injuries. Whether your accident occurred in Manhattan Beach, Hawthorne, Torrance, El Segundo, or Redondo Beach, we want to hear from you. Contact us at Layfield & Wallace, APC for a free consultation. We understand what a difficult experience this may be, but a South Bay personal injury attorney from our team is ready to help you pursue financial compensation and seek to hold the driver accountable for causing your injuries.