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Bicycle Accidents

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Bicycle Accidents have been on the rise in Louisiana since 2008. As of 2015, Louisiana is rated as the third deadliest state in the nation for bicyclist.

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Bicycle Accidents

  1. 1. BICYCLE ACCIDENTS IN LOUISIANA The Statistics and Your Rights
  2. 2. Statistics on Louisiana Bike Accidents  Bicycle deaths have been on the rise in Louisiana since 2008. In 2015, 34 bicyclists were killed in Louisiana, a steep rise from the 11 killed in 2008.  As of 2015, Louisiana rated as the third deadliest state in the nation for bicyclists, with a mortality rate of 0.33 deaths per 100,000 people. The only states with a higher bicycle fatality rate were Delaware (No. 2, with 0.38 deaths per 100,000) and Florida (No. 1, with 0.57 deaths per 100,000 people). FREE CONSULT: 318.487.9537
  3. 3. Rights of Bicyclists  As a bicyclist, you have the same rights to use the roads as any other driver. Automobile drivers are required to show you the same respect as any other vehicle on the road.  The law requires motor vehicle drivers to give bikes at least three feet of clearance when passing. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen in practice. Many drivers treat bicyclists as if they didn’t belong on the road. FREE CONSULT: 318.487.9537
  4. 4. How Accidents Happen  One reason bicycle accidents happen is simply that drivers aren’t psychologically primed to look for bicycles on the road. A driver who scans for cars before crossing an intersection, for example, might “see” a bicyclist without being consciously aware of it—because the driver is looking for motor vehicles.  Of course, some drivers take this further, looking at bicyclists as if they don’t deserve to be on the road. Mark Martin, president of Bike Baton Rouge, says, “I’ve seen people refer to bicyclists as ‘roaches.’” FREE CONSULT: 318.487.9537
  5. 5. Common Injuries • Head injury—Despite the laws about helmets, head injuries still account for about 60 percent of bicycle deaths and 30 percent of bicycle-related emergency room visits. • Broken bones—especially arms, wrists, and collar bones. • Sprains, strains, and contusions—these are the most common injuries. Most of the time they don’t require medical attention. • Abdominal and genital injuries—usually caused when the bicycle frame (including the seat) crumple under the force of an accident. Can be extremely painful. FREE CONSULT: 318.487.9537
  6. 6. Consequences of Serious Injuries  Head and neck injuries can lead to serious long-term problems. Severe neck injuries can lead to permanent immobility and leave you with annual medical bills of more than $100,000.  Broken bones can usually be treated without permanent disability.  Abdominal and genital injuries can have serious long-term effects. Investing in a specialized bike seat can mitigate the risk of this kind of injury. FREE CONSULT: 318.487.9537
  7. 7. What can we do About Bicycle Accidents?  Improved education—Many drivers don’t know the law. Better knowledge of the law concerning bicycles might take care of the problem. Drivers need to know that bicyclists are entitled to the same rights and protections as any other driver.  Bike lanes—Louisiana’s cities lag far behind the rest of the country in building bike lanes and trails. Bicycles should be allowed their own lanes, reducing the likelihood of accidents and giving bicyclists the space they need. FREE CONSULT: 318.487.9537
  8. 8. Tips for Cyclists  Use bicycle lanes and trails if they’re available.  Wear a helmet.  Be aware of your surroundings.  Plan your route to avoid busy streets if possible.  In areas where sidewalks are available and bicycles are allowed to use them, stick to the sidewalks.  Give clear signals before turning.  If bicycling at night/in bad weather, wear reflective equipment.  Keep your tires inflated and maintain your bike well. Treat it as seriously as any other vehicle. FREE CONSULT: 318.487.9537
  9. 9. Tips for Drivers  Remember the law—give bicycles three feet of clearance when passing. Treat bicycles with the same respect you would give any other vehicle.  Remember to look for bicycles—if you don’t remember to look for them on the road, you may not notice them until it’s too late.  Pay extra attention for bicycles if you notice a bike lane, or the pair of chevrons in the lane that alert you that bicycles may be sharing your lane. FREE CONSULT: 318.487.9537
  10. 10. When to Talk to an Attorney  If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, talk to an attorney as soon as you can reach one. Get medical treatment for your injuries and get in touch with a trusted lawyer as soon as your condition allows it.  If the accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, you deserve a settlement that covers your medical costs and compensates you for your pain and suffering. Contact an attorney when you can. FREE CONSULT: 318.487.9537
  11. 11. Chris J. Roy, Jr. APLC has been serving the people of Louisiana from its Alexandria office since 1989. We handle a variety of cases and look forward to addressing your legal needs. For almost three decades, we have been defending and filing claims for individuals hurt in accidents, and we have the knowledge, experience and resources to help you. If you have questions or would like to set up a consultation, contact us online or call us at 318.487.9537. Contact Us

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