Inherent to the act of riding a bicycle is the risk of serious injury. Bicyclists have practically no safety systems in place for their vehicles (besides a helmet) and the area where they operate is inherently dangerous (the road). As such, when they are involved in an accident, it is likely that they will suffer injuries. In many cases, these injuries are serious. In some cases, the injuries are fatal.
But what do bicycle accident statistics show? Are the roads getting safer or more dangerous — or neither? Should we be paying more attention to bike safety?
According to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and referenced by pedbikeinfo.org, there were 732 bicyclist deaths in 2001. 13 years later in 2014, the number was 726. Roughly 45,000 bicyclists suffered injuries in bicycle accidents in 2001. 13 years later, that number is roughly 50,000. In other words, while bicyclist fatalities in accidents have remained relatively the same over a 13-year period, the number of accidents have seen a steady increase.
This is not something to take lightly, and it exemplifies the dangers of getting on a bike and riding on the road. We aren’t suggesting that bikers should just stop biking — but we are saying they need to take the necessary precautions while also advocating for better safer and improved laws to handle car/bike accidents. If you are involved in such an accident and are considering legal action, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Source: pedbikeinfo.org, “Pedestrian & Bicycle Crash Statistics,” Accessed Oct. 26, 2016