Whether it’s for a leisurely ride, to get to work, or a form of exercise, thousands of Oklahomans cruise around on bicycles all the time. Bicycles can be one of the most enjoyable modes of transportation, but they can be dangerous as well, particularly in congested areas. Cycling has become more popular in recent years, with the national “Go Green” and “Get Fit” initiatives. As such, there has been an increase in bicycle accidents resulting in serious injury and death in Oklahoma.
Negligent automobile drivers and uneducated bicyclists have resulted in some staggering national statistics:
– Approximately 181,000 bicycle accident victims are treated in emergency rooms each year
– Every 6 hours a bicyclist is fatally injured
– Bicyclist deaths represent 2% of all traffic fatalities
– 89% of bicycle deaths are persons 16 years of age or older
– The average age of a bicyclist killed on U.S. roads is 45
– The average age of a bicyclist injured on U.S. roads is 33
– Nearly 24% of cyclists killed in accidents were drunk
– 33% of injuries are caused by a motor vehicle hitting a bicyclist
Bicycle Helmet Campaigns
In Oklahoma, community-based bicycle helmet programs have been implemented since 1993. Educating the public on the importance of wearing helmets has led to a 32% decrease in bicycle-related traumatic brain injuries. Educating children on basic traffic laws while teaching them how to ride a bicycle will also lead to a decrease in accidents. Helmet use has been estimated to reduce head injury risk if ever in an accident, unfortunately, not all cyclists wear helmets.
Oklahoma Bicycle Law
– Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles; cyclists on roadways have the rights and responsibilities of a vehicle operator
– Bicyclists must obey all traffic control devices and signs, as a motor vehicle operator would
– Local laws may require registration and licensing of bicycles
– Local laws may require cyclists use designated bike paths instead of roads
– A bicyclist should ride as near to the right side of the road as is safe, unless passing or turning
– Bicyclists should always travel with the flow of traffic, not against it.
– A cyclist shall not ride beside more than one other bicycle on a roadway
– Know and use your hand signals when you intend to turn, slow down, or stop
– The guardian of a child shall not knowingly permit a child to violate any bicycle or traffic law
– A bicycle used at nighttime must be equipped with a head lamp and rear red reflector
– A bicycle must be equipped with appropriate brakes
– Bicycles are not permitted on a turnpike
In many cases a bicycle accident results from a motorist’s negligence or inattentiveness while operating a vehicle. Many injured bicyclists do not get fair treatment from the insurance companies. Recent studies show that settlements for injuries suffered in cars are up to 40% higher than for the same type of injuries suffered by cyclists.
If you or a loved one has been injured or died in a bicycle accident, contact Graves McLain Personal Injury lawyers so that we can represent you in your time of need. We’ll speak with you for free and fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. Graves McLain are experienced in handling claims involving bicyclists. We have helped many Oklahomans and we may be able to help you too.
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See bicycle accident attorney Chad McLain speak on the importance of bicycle safety on Good Day Tulsa.