San Francisco is a city full of health-conscious people who are concerned with the environment and keeping the city safe. Our San Francisco Bicycle Accident Attorneys at Allegiance Law specializes in bicycle accidents for a reason. These kinds of accidents happen too frequently. If we are a city that is going to appreciate various forms of transportation then we need to stand up and demand safer streets. March 08, 2019 was not a safe day for those in San Francisco. So far this year, five people have died from walking or riding their bike South of Market Neighborhood. Change needs to be made. You representation matters.
California has dedicated time, resources, and finances to create bicycle lanes. However, these bicycle lanes are of no use if people, specifically vehicle drivers, are unsure how to use them. A young 30-year old woman was riding an electric bicycle when she was hit by a truck. Had she made it another block she would have been riding in a protected bicycle lane. A protected bicycle lane is a lane blocked by parked cars. It is a division between active cars on the road. The mayor, London Breed, has been a strong advocate for “Vision Zero” which is a city-wide plane to have zero fatal crashes by 2024. In 2019, we are only 5 years away yet we continue to see a rise in fatalities.
Bicycle riders, like pedestrians, have very little exterior protection. Bicycle riders use a helmet, but that helmet can only absorb so much impact. A bicycle riders body is also exposed to the elements and immediate impact. Unlike a motorcyclist, bicycle riders don’t typically wear hard leather outfits to act as a cushion from road rashes or other impacts. People who choose to ride bicycles are often riding short routes for errands or long routes for exercise. They can’t be burdened with heavy bulky clothing.
Most common injuries include head trauma like concussions or brain swelling. If not treated immediately, both of these injuries can lead to fatal events. Since bicyclists are often thrown from their bike or knocked over, there is a high potential for broken limbs, heavy bruising, and internal bleeding. Again, these kinds of injuries untreated can lead to permanent damage. Unfortunately, depending on how fast the driver was going the accident can lead to a fatality. It is 2019. No one should be dying because they chose to ride their bicycle to work or to the grocery store. We need better improvements to our city faster than the rate we are losing our community members to senseless accidents.
If you or someone you love has been injured while riding their bicycle they have the right to sue for financial compensation. Bicycle accidents should be treated like car accidents. A report should be written and the police should be involved. Our Bicycle Accident Attorneys are ready to represent you. Call 415-404-6395 or click here to start a conversation with our professional attorneys at Allegiance Law in San Francisco today.