Riding a bicycle is a fun and healthy activity that people of all ages can enjoy. Children ride their bikes to school and to visit their friends. College students use it as a means to get around campus and to their apartments. Families enjoy riding as a healthy pastime activity on warm, sunny days. In short, riding a bicycle provides a practical activity for both youths and adults.
However, riding a bike may also be a potentially dangerous activity at any age. If you or a loved one is injured while riding a bicycle, you should consult an experienced New York bicycle accident attorney as you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
The Statistics on the Potential Hazards of Biking
According to a study released in February 2014 by the Federal Highway Administration, the statistics of getting injured while riding bicycles is overwhelming. In fact, the Centers for Disease Controls reported that in 2012, there were approximately 800 bicyclist-related deaths and 515,000 emergency room visits for bicycle accidents in the United States.
While the majority of bicycle related deaths and injuries occurred in urban areas, metropolitan areas, such as New York City, have their share of injuries as well.
Reducing The Dangers of Riding a Bike
While getting into an accident and suffering injuries while riding a bicycle is possible, it does not mean that you should stop enjoying this fun and practical activity.
There are many steps you can take to prevent injury and death when riding a bicycle, including:
- Wearing a helmet and protective gear
- Making sure your bicycle is properly maintained
- Being aware of your surroundings while riding
- Wearing only one headphone if you choose to listen to music
Injured on a Bike? We Are Here to Help!
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident that was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another party, call the New York City bicycle accident lawyers at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. as you may be entitled to compensation.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, call us at 212-584-2494. We are dedicated to getting you the full compensation you are entitled to for the injuries you have suffered.