With its steep hills, winding roads, and stunning views, its no small wonder that Marin County is one of the best biking destinations in the state. But for cyclists and pedestrians alike, it’s also one of the most dangerous. In 2018, the Marin IJ reported a total of 2,756 crashes from 2016-2018, 8 percent of which were fatal or carried serious, lasting injuries. Out of all 57 California counties, Marin comes in 2nd in bicycle accidents.
While bicycling is a great way to experience the outdoors, cyclists need to understand that any time they share the road with cars, they are putting themselves at risk. Especially in areas out in West Marin and Mount Tamalpais, where roads are narrow and shoulders are all but nonexistent, cyclists are particularly susceptible to falling or coming into contact with another vehicle. If you have a road bike, we recommend you avoid narrow roads and opt for larger, more open spaces. It is always better to cycle in groups if possible, as they are more clearly visible to motorists. Keep your speed in check, and remember that the faster you are traveling, the less time you have to react to a possible hazard. To state the obvious, never get on a bike without a helmet.
Cycling accidents can be some of the most devastating collisions, and can result in blunt force head trauma, serious breaks, and spinal cord injuries.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a biking accident, please contact Kauffman & Associates for a complimentary consultation. No case is too large or too small. We can help ensure you obtain appropriate medical care and receive the maximum financial award possible for your pain and suffering.