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Doctors Concerned About Napa Bike Accident Rate


John Demas, Sacramento bicycle accident attorney of Demas Law Group, P.C., issues a warning after a recent article by Dr. Jeffrey Yablon regarding bicycle injuries in Napa Vall.

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) October 30, 2012

In a recent article in the Napa Valley Register, Dr. Jeffrey Yablon discussed his concerns as a neurologist with recent behaviors he has witnessed among both drivers and cyclists that significantly contribute to “multiple deaths and significant morbidities” for those who choose to bike the Napa Valley. According to Dr. Yablon, he has personally witnessed several instances of unsafe behavior, including bicyclists without helmets, cars speeding along roads with limited visibility where bikers are riding, and motorcyclists dodging in and out of lanes. His suggestion is to widen bike lanes on these roads, as well as provide barriers between bike traffic and car traffic.

Dr. Yablon writes from the perspective of a neurologist that sees first-hand the devastation caused by traumatic head injuries resulting from bicycle accidents. He is often the person who must inform a family that a loved one has died or will be permanently brain-damaged as the result of a bicycle collision. While Dr. Yablon is not stating that he has performed a clinical study of the situation, his suggestions are based on his own observations and conclusions he has drawn from seeing a surge in bicycle-related head injuries over the past months at the Peggy Herman Center for Neurosciences where he is the director.

Dr. Yablon's observations are bolstered by data collected in 2010 by the California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Report system. In that year, one person was killed and 44 were injured in bicycle accidents in Napa County alone. As Dr. Yablon has observed, the numbers may be increasing, although data has not yet been collected to verify this claim. Even so, 44 injuries translate to almost one a week for Napa hospitals, and head injuries are one of the most common types for those who are victims of bicycle accidents.

John Demas, Sacramento bike accident attorney, of Demas Law Group, P.C., remarks, “Bicycling is a fun and health activity and many people in the Napa Valley enjoy this form of exercise. With the recent focus on eco-friendly methods of transportation, bicycling has also become an alternative form of transportation for many people. Therefore, it makes sense to think about some of the issues Dr. Yablon brings up in his article. While widening bicycle lanes and building barriers may be expensive, the long-term benefits to the citizens of and visitors to Napa Valley are immeasurable. No one can put a price on preventing injury and death--we should all do everything we can to prevent these types of injuries, so that people can enjoy bicycling activities in safety.”

About Demas Law Group: Sacramento Injury Law Firm

Demas Law Group, P.C is a Sacramento personal injury firm that regularly recovers settlements for victims of bicycle accidents, as well as vehicular crashes, dog bite cases, slip-and-fall accidents, and product liability cases.

Source: Napa Valley Register, “Rate of bicycle accidents concerns local doctor,” Jeffrey Steven Yablon, M.D., October 23, 2012.
Statewide Integrated Traffic Repor t, 2010, California Highway Patrol.

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