The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that over 50,000 cyclists are injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes each year. This number is only a fraction of the real statistic because most bicycle accidents are never reported. According to California law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Although both bicyclists and drivers have the same duties on the road, bicyclists must take extra precautions while riding. Due to the difference in size and protection, cyclists usually suffer the most in a collision. Even with a helmet and protective clothing, you are no match for a car or truck. Common injuries include head trauma, fractures, spinal injuries, serious abrasions and severe road rash. The injuries may result in costly medical expenses, long-term health problems and may affect the cyclist’s ability to earn a living now and in the future.