Patrick Toscano, Bicycle Accident Lawyer in San Antonio
Cycling is associated with many health benefits, but hospital admissions related to bicycle injuries more than doubled between 1993 and 2013. In 2015, 35,200 cyclists were killed due to car drivers being distracted or not seeing the cyclist. In Texas alone, there are over 800 bicycle fatalities a year, making it one of the top three states to lead in bicycle fatalities. According to the US Department of Transportation Fact Sheet, in 2012, bicycle accidents made up 2% of all traffic fatalities in Texas. They occur in urban areas with heavy-traffic and San Antonio bicyclists face great dangers due to the city’s highly congested areas. Despite the city’s attempts to implement safety features, such as separating clearly specified bike lanes from motor vehicles, bicyclist-motor vehicle crashes are on the rise.
Consequences of a Bicycle Accident
Victims of bicycle-automobile crashes may suffer permanent disabilities, such as paralysis, amputations, and loss of cognitive abilities. Cyclists can also suffer severe head trauma injury after a collision, even if they are wearing a helmet. Symptoms of traumatic brain injury include headaches, nausea, changes in personality, sense impairment, fatigue, difficulty focusing and completing tasks, as well as loss of consciousness and seizures.