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Bicycle Accidents

Advocates for Bicycle Crash Victims

On average, more than two people are killed each day in bicycle/motor vehicle accidents. In 2012 alone, 726 lives were lost to bicycle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA). Riding a bicycle for sport or pleasure should always be enjoyable and safe; unfortunately, this is not always the case.

BICYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS

  • In 2012: 49,000 people were injured and 726 were killed in bicycle/motor vehicle accidents.
  • 80% of those injured and 88% of those killed were male.
  • 20% of those injured were under the age of 15.
  • 69% of accidents occurred in urban areas.
  • 37% of accidents occurred between the hours of 4 pm and 11:59 pm.
  • Alcohol involvement was reported in more than 40% of accidents resulting in fatalities.

COMMON CAUSES OF BICYCLE ACCIDENTS

Bicycle accidents are often caused by inattentive drivers who:

  • Back out of driveways without looking
  • Turn without looking
  • Ignore traffic signs
  • Fail to yield the right-of-way
  • Drive drunk or impaired
COMMON INJURIES
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT

File a Police Report- Even if you do not think you are injured at the time of the accident, you may feel the effects hours, or even days later.

Obtain Driver and Witness Contact Information- Be sure to get this information even if police have already included it in their report.

Document What Happened- Take pictures at the scene; and, as soon as possible after the accident, write down everything you can remember about what happened.

Preserve Evidence- Don’t get your bike fixed or replace your helmet.

Decide How to Proceed- If you decide to hire an attorney, do not talk to any insurance company until you have spoken with your attorney.

HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED?

If you’ve been injured, we can help. Contact us