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b2ap3_thumbnail_bicycle-accident-injuries-Milwaukee.jpgDuring the summer months, many people take advantage of the warm weather to enjoy time outdoors. Bike riding is a popular activity for families, but parents should be aware of the dangers that exist for children when using bicycles. Across the United States, nearly 630 children are injured every day in bicycle accidents. Collisions with larger vehicles can be especially devastating, and result in serious injuries, disability, or even death.

Bike Safety Tips

In order to protect children from bike accident injuries, parents should take steps to ensure they are safe when using bicycles, including:

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Milwaukee bike accident attorneys, concussions, bicycle accidents, traumatic brain injuries, 
bicycle accident statisticsBicycling is a great way for people to get exercise while traveling, whether riders are doing so for recreation or commuting to work on a daily basis. However, bicyclists are at risk when they share the road with cars, trucks, and other vehicles— bicycle accidents are likely to result in serious injuries for bike riders.

Bike Accident Statistics

As more and more people travel on Wisconsin’s roads via bicycle, improvements have been made with the intent of increasing safety for bicyclists. While the number of injuries has decreased over the past few decades, there are still around 1,000 bicycle accidents in Wisconsin every year, and nearly every accident results in a bicyclist being injured or killed. In fact, in 2016, a bicycle accident resulted in the injury or death of a cyclist every 10.2 hours.

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bicycle accidents, Milwaukee bicycle accident attorneys, Wisconsin bicycle safety, Wisconsin bicycle law, bike accident injuriesBicyclists traveling on roadways must abide by specific traffic laws in order to keep them and others safe. Bicyclists are especially at risk: they do not have the safety protections cars provide, and bikes can move at much faster speeds than pedestrians.

Bicycle accidents leave cyclists gravely injured, while those in cars may not be injured at all. If you have been in a bike accident and you believe that you were not at fault (or not fully at fault) in causing the accident, you should be compensated to the full extent Wisconsin law allows.

Key Bicycle Laws in Wisconsin

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Milwaukee bicycle accident attorneys, Wisconsin bicycle lawThough it is not the law in Wisconsin, wearing a helmet provides a substantial amount of protection in the instance of a bicycle accident. In fact, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, wearing a helmet can prevent approximately 85 percent of head injuries in bicyclists. Head injuries can result in multiple types of complications that affect thought processes, coordination, personality, and mobility.

Wisconsin Bicycle Law

Wisconsin law considers bicycles to be the same as motor vehicles. Bicyclists, like drivers, must ride in the same direction as traffic and follow all other traffic laws. Likewise, bicycles are to be treated as an equal user on the road.

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Wisconsin injury attorney, Wisconsin accident lawyerLast year, Wisconsin saw a 22 percent increase in the number of pedestrian deaths (45 to 55). The number of bicycle deaths also increased, going from just four in 2014 to 15 in 2015. It might be easy to look at the pedestrian and bicyclist accident numbers and consider them the “price” of traffic and travel, but each death represents a person. A family that has lost someone they love. The Wisconsin Bike Fed is hoping to remind us of that through their Share and Be Aware program.

More Statistics on Pedestrian, Cyclist Accidents

According to an analysis of crash reports from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, more than 40 of the pedestrians killed from 2011 to 2013 were killed in crosswalks. The drivers who hit them all failed to yield, despite the Wisconsin law statute that requires all drivers yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Moreover, the analysis determined that at least 65 percent of all crosswalk intersection deaths are due to driver errors.

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