Unfortunately, it appears as though fatal bicycle accidents in the United States are on the rise, leaving many safety advocates concerned.
According to the Washington Post, in 2010, 621 cyclists were killed in vehicular bicycle crashes—the number grew to 722 in 2012, for a total increase of 16 percent. The paper cited data provided by the Governors Highway Safety Association.
Interestingly, fatal bicycle accidents are outpacing vehicle accidents—as fatal auto accident deaths only grew by 1 percent during the same period.
Safety advocates are concerned about the increase, as the number of cyclist fatalities annually had been dropping since 1975. It should be noted that there has been a 62 percent increase in bicycle commuters in large cities since 2000, according to the Post
To prevent a bicycle accident, drivers should avoid reckless, distracted and drunk driving. Additionally, they should always monitor bicycle paths and obey traffic signals.
In addition, bicyclists should wear helmets and obey traffic laws designated for bicycle traffic.
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Drivers who injure bicyclists should be held accountable for their actions. Bicyclists should expect the same right to safety as other people on the road. For many people, bicycling is more than a hobby—they do it to exercise or commute to work.
If your loved one has experienced serious personal injuries in bicycle accident, like broken bones, a brain injury or spinal cord injury, or died, contact our law firm today.
Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys
Targan Talk: According to the Washington Post, in 2012, adults ages 20 or over comprised 84 percent of fatal bicycle accident victims.