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Bicycle Accidents

Advocates for Bicycle Crash Victims

Fatal bicycle accidents involving a motor vehicle are on the rise. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the fatality count is the highest it has been since 1995.

Riding a bicycle for sport or pleasure should always be enjoyable and safe; unfortunately, this is not always the case. In 2015, 817 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles.

BICYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS

  • Fifty-four percent of bicyclists killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing a helmet. In addition, helmet use was unknown in 29 percent of cases.
  • Fatal bicycle-motor vehicle wrecks peaked between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. (24 percent of fatal wrecks).
  • Seventy percent of bicycle fatalities occurred in urban areas.
  • Crashes at intersections accounted for 35 percent of bicycle-motor vehicle 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 BICYCLE ACCIDENT INJURIES
TIPS ON PREVENTING SERIOUS BICYCLE INJURIES

To help prevent severe injuries or death in a crash with an automobile, the NHTSA encourages bicyclists to follow these safety tips:

  • Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. Helmets are the single most effective way to prevent head injuries in a crash.
  • Bicyclists are considered vehicle operators and are required to follow the rules of the road just as any other vehicle operator.
  • Increase visibility to drivers by wearing brightly colored or reflective clothing and equipment.
  • Don’t drink and bike: 23 percent of bicyclists over the age of 16 that were killed in motor vehicle wrecks in 2015 had a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A BICYCLE ACCIDENT

If you or a loved one is involved in a bicycle accident involving a motor vehicle,

  • 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 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. 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?

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