As more people choose to travel via bicycle than by car, the number of bicycle accidents has increased. Even though bicycles do not travel as fast as other moving vehicles, bicycle accidents can be more dangerous and result in more serious accidents because of the relative lack of protection afforded to bicyclists.
What Can Cause a Bicycle Accident?
Bicycle accidents can be caused by any number of things. A car or other motorized vehicle may hit a cyclist while on the road, or a pedestrian may force a cyclist into oncoming traffic. A bicycle accident may also result from riding a bicycle on property where a dangerous condition on the property causes harm to the bicycle or the rider, such as a hidden pothole on a paved bicycle path in a park.
Statistics for Bicycle Accidents
There are several chilling statistics related to bicycle accidents. Here are some statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Center for Disease Control, and the National Safety Council:
- Bicycle accidents resulted in 677 fatalities in 2011, up 9% from 2010.
- 69% of these fatalities happened in urban areas.
- 30% of these fatalities happened between 4 pm and 8 pm, which is the peak time for people commuting between home and work, including many cyclists.
- Male teenagers suffered from 6,000 bicycle accident-related injuries in 2011, which was the highest rate of accidents out of any age and gender group for that year.
- In 2010, there were approximately 515,000 visits to the emergency room that were related to bicycle accidents.
- The cumulative cost of deaths and injuries of cyclists is over $4 billion per year.
- In 2012, the most frequent cause of bicycle accidents were cars hitting bicycles.
Should I Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Bicycle accidents are common and can result in expensive and harmful injuries, even death. If you are involved in a bicycle accident, a personal injury lawyer can help you figure out how you can be compensated for the harm you have suffered and how you can preserve your rights in the aftermath of such an accident.