A bicycle collision is reportable to the police in British Columbia if it results in injury or death and involves at least one motor vehicle.
There were 896 bicycle collisions reported in 2007, a decrease of 11.5% over 2006 collisions (1,013). These collisions resulted in 917 victims (including occupants of motor vehicles). Of these, 888 were injured bicycle riders, 10 were killed. Five of the 10 bicycle riders killed during 2007 were not wearing a bicycle helmet. Eight bicycle riders killed were male. Males represented approximately 74.0% of the bicycle riders injured. Of 888 bicycle riders injured, 132 (15.3%) were under age 16, and 50 (5.8%) over 60. Of all injured bicycle riders, about 48.6% (432) of them were wearing helmets, 36.9% (328) were not wearing helmets and 14.4% (128) were unknown as to helmet use. BC requires bicycle riders of all ages to wear a helmet.
Among non-helmeted injury victims, 18.9% suffered head injuries or injuries to the entire body, while 14.6% of the helmeted injury victims had head injuries or injuries to entire body.
The five top contributing factors assigned to other drivers were, in order of magnitude:
1. Driver inattentive
2. Failing to yield to right of way
3. Driver error/Confusion
4. Improper turning
5. Sunlight glare
More than half (54.6%) of all bicycle collisions took place at intersections. The most common configuration was intersection right angle, which accounted for 29.9% of bicycle collisions.
The peak collision time period was between 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. There were 265 (30.2%) bicycle collisions that took place between these hours.
Riding a bicycle in traffic takes skill and attention. As with motorcycles, drivers do not see bicycle riders. Cyclists are invisible to many drivers and the statistics show that driver inattention is the number one cause of drivers causing collisions with bicycles.
Drivers do not yield to cyclists and they often pass cyclist in an unsafe manner, which can be very dangerous for cyclists. Cars and trucks often pass too closely and cut back in too soon.
Bicycle Riding is a specific skill. Many lawyers who are not cyclists take on Bicycle Accident cases. While almost everyone rode a bike as a kid, fewer people ride as adults. Bicycle riding in traffic is another thing altogether. Bicycle handling and operation in traffic is an acquired skill. Anyone who is not an avid cyclist and regular rider in traffic will not have the knowledge and experience of what happens when you ride a bicycle in traffic; and you can't know these things just by reading about them in a book.
BC Bicycle Accident Lawyer Ben Falkenberg is an avid cyclist and rides street and mountain bikes. Ben rides road, freeride, downhill and some cross country.
Contact us for a Review of your Bicycle Accident Case
Contact BC Bicycle Accident Lawyer Ben Falkenberg for a consultation regarding your Bicycle Collision case to see if you have a case that we can assist you with. We can only take a certain number of cases each year, so we carefully review your case before we agree to take it on. We will review your case and if it meets with our case selection criteria, we may agree to assist you; even if we cannot assist you, we will refer you to another lawyer who can.
Nanaimo lawyer Ben Falkenberg handles cases all over the Province of British Columbia (BC).
Cost of Legal Services
The cost of legal services is always a major concern for people who have been injured in an automobile accident and may be unable to work. If we agree to take your case, we offer our legal services on a contingent fee basis. A contingent fee is a percentage of the amount of the recovery, paid at the conclusion of the case. There is no fee until there is a successful resolution of your case. If there is no recovery there is no fee.
Studies have shown that auto accident injury claimants who hired a lawyer received about three and a half times better settlement than they would have if they had tried to negotiate their case alone.