Riding your bike comes with plenty of benefits. Whether you ride on the weekend for exercise or you use it to commute to work every day, you can get in shape, save money and fight pollution. Despite these advantages of cycling, you face unique risks when sharing the road with motorists. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were approximately 467,000 injured bicyclists in 2015.
When a car-bicycle collision occurs, it is often the bicyclist who suffers more. After all, cars weigh much more than bicycles, and a helmet might be the extent of a cyclist's protection while a driver has the car around him or her.
Two cars collided with a bicyclist in Palm Springs on March 14, 2017. The bicyclist was hospitalized, and no drivers or passengers in the two vehicles suffered any injuries. Unfortunately, accidents like this are fairly common in Coachella Valley.
According to the US Department of Transportation run Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, 4,735 pedestrians and 743 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2013. In addition to those numbers, there were a reported 66,000 pedestrian and 48,000 bicyclist injuries in the same year.