Velophiles celebrating National Bicycle Month in May are encouraged to
ride safely by state transportation departments from coast to coast. As
the number of
bicycle-related accidents and fatalities dramatically increases, calling attention to safety is
a crucial theme for National Bicycle Month 2015.
Last year, the Governors’ Highway Safety Association reported more
than half a million bicycle-related accidents in the United States. Of
these half million accidents, more than 67,000 resulted in head injuries
and 20,000 required hospitalization. A bicyclist is killed in the United
States every six hours.
The number of bicycle-related fatalities has increased by 16 percent. About
800 deaths are attributable to bicycles each year in the United States.
However, only about one-third of bicycle-related accidents involve automobiles.
In fact, cycling is twice as dangerous in the absence of automobiles.
This may be because the danger of being killed by a motorist exponentially
increases cyclists’ vigilance.
Six states -- Illinois, Michigan, New York, California, Florida, and Texas
-- account for significantly more than half of bicycle-related fatalities.
Sixty-nine percent of bicycle-related fatalities occur in urban settings.
Adult men account for 88 percent of bicycle-related fatalities. The average
age of victims of bicycle-related accidents is 40.
According to U.S. Census Bureau data, the profile of a victim of a bicycle-related
accident correlates to the 62 percent increase in bicycle commuters over
a similar time frame. As such, the dramatic increase in fatalities results
rather from responsible, cautious adults commuting in an orderly manner
without colliding into automobiles than irresponsible youths recklessly
darting into oncoming traffic.
Crossen Kooi Law is an advocate of safe bicycle practices. If you or a
loved one has been injured while on your bicycle as a result of someone's
negligence, contact our
Indiana personal injury attorney. We can help!