Make Safety a Priority When Riding a BikeJuly 11, 2018
Riding a bike is the preferred mode of transportation for many commuters across the country. Unfortunately, thousands of cyclists are injured every year in traffic accidents, and a percentage of those injuries result in fatalities. Statistics show that there were fewer bicyclists injured in 2015 compared to 2014, but only a small percentage of bicycle injuries are recorded by the police. Even minor accidents can cause cyclists to become seriously injured, since there is nothing protecting them from the impact of a vehicle. By keeping safety a priority, obeying the rules of the road, and always wearing a helmet, cyclists can avoid being victims of accidents.
Bicycle Injury Statistics
- There were 818 fatal bicycle accidents in 2015, which was a six percent increase from 2006.
- There were 45,000 bicycle injuries in 2015, which was a 2.3 percent increase from 2006.
- According to the National Safety Council, the total cost of bicycle injuries and fatalities is over $4 billion per year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration took a closer look at bicycle accidents to determine the latest trends. They found the following facts:
- From 1998 to 2014, the average age of bicyclists fatally injured in car accidents has climbed from 24 to 45.
- The majority, or 88 percent, of those victims were male.
- Over 70 percent of fatal accidents occurred in urban areas.
- Close to 20 percent of the bicyclists fatally injured were under the influence of alcohol.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discussed the significance of the problem, pointing out that bicyclists are much more vulnerable to injuries than occupants of motor vehicles. As a result, more than 1,000 bicyclists were fatally injured, and close to 467,000 were injured in traffic accidents in 2015. From a financial standpoint, these injuries and fatalities resulted in lifetime medical costs and loss of productivity totaling $10 billion.
Preventing Serious Bike Accidents
Bicyclists must understand the risks of sharing the road with cars, trucks, buses, and other motor vehicles. Taking the appropriate safety measures can reduce the risk of serious injuries and fatalities.
- Always wear a helmet: All cyclists should wear a well-fitting helmet, regardless of age. In the event of a crash, a helmet can protect the cyclist from a serious head or brain injury.
- Obey bike helmet laws: These laws are effective at encouraging the use of helmets and reducing injuries and fatalities in both children and adults.
- Wear bright, reflective clothing:
– During the daytime, fluorescent clothing makes cyclists more visible to motorists.
– When riding at night, retro-reflective clothing makes cyclists more visible.
– Other lighting, including front white lights, rear red lights, and other lighting on the bike or cyclist can make cyclists more visible to others on the road.
Baltimore Bike Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Help Victims Claim the Compensation They Deserve
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore bike accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will determine who is responsible for your injuries and seek the maximum financial compensation you deserve. We are committed to protecting your legal rights and we will not stop fighting for you. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent bike accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.