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Bicycle accident cases in the United States

Cyclists always run the risk of being involved in serious accidents, and even losing their lives, due to the recklessness or lack of alertness on the part of car, bus, and truck drivers; roadways in poor condition; or factory defects. The total cost of these accidents each year is approximately $81 million dollars, mainly due to failure to use a helmet.

The most common injuries resulting from bicycle accidents are:

  • Head trauma with possible brain injury
  • Fractured bones
  • Internal organ damage
  • Spinal damage
  • Burns
  • Tears
  • Dismemberment or amputation

Here are some of the factors related to the causes of these accidents, which are principally caused by automobile drivers:

  • Not checking blind spots, which is where cyclists are often riding
  • Sudden turns
  • Not considering the space needed by a cyclist
  • Ignoring stop signs
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

At the same time, we will give some recommendations for cyclists to avoid these accidents:

  • The use of a helmet is essential for all cyclists
  • Obey all traffic signals
  • Always try to ride in areas designated for cyclists or at the edge of the street
  • Never carry another person on the bicycle
  • Always be aware of the vehicles around you
  • Maintain your equipment in good condition

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