Bicyclists face incredible risks when sharing public roads with passenger vehicles. Being slower, difficult to see, and lacking in protection, bicycle riders frequently suffer serious injuries during traffic accidents. Because more people are increasingly turning to bicycling as a form of recreation, exercise, and commuting, it becomes important for both riders and drivers to take reasonable measures to avoid tragic accidents.
Here are a few bicycle accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- In 2012, bicycle riders accounted for 2% of all traffic crash-related injuries and deaths.
- 24% of bicyclists killed in roadway accidents were legally intoxicated at the time - with a BAC of .08 or higher.
- 37% of fatal crashes involved a driver or bicycle rider who had been drinking.
- Bicycle accidents for nearly 600,000 emergency room visits each year.
As the numbers show, bicycle accidents have become a serious problem. Because they are often preventable, it becomes crucially important for riders and drivers to exercise caution and obey the rules of the road. Below are some helpful tips to help bicyclists and motorists avoid accidents.
- Always look for traffic before entering a road or intersection.
- Stay visible, wear bright clothing, and use reflectors or lights.
- Wear a safety helmet, even though it’s not always the law.
- Ride sober and obey the rules of the road - don’t assume drivers will stop for you.
- Stay vigilant and avoid distractions when behind the wheel.
- Yield to bicyclists and always look before making turns.
- Safely share the road and give at least 3 feet when passing riders.
- Check for riders before entering bike lanes.
At The Daspit Law Firm, we know that bicycle accidents can devastate the lives of riders and their loved ones. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident that was not your fault, you may have the right to recover your damages - including lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more - by filing a personal injury claim. Our attorneys are available to discuss your case and your right to compensation.