The bicycle was invented more than 200 years ago, and more Americans are hopping on these two-wheel forms of transportation than ever before. Unfortunately, however, more people are also dying because of their decision to ride a bike. Research from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association found that for bicycle deaths, the biggest increase in two decades has put cyclists at risk for significant accidents. Furthermore, this research is backed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which also tracks bicycle accidents.
They found a 20% increase in the number of fatal bike accidents over the course of 2010 to 2015. Middle aged men riding a bike are at the highest risk for fatal injuries and the vast majority of fatal bike accidents happen between 6pm and midnight, according to national accident data that was recently evaluated by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. Up to 12% of the cyclists who were killed in 2015 had blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher, raising concerns about impaired bicyclists.
A study funded by State Farm Insurance found that one out of every 10 cyclists used a cellphone or another device during nearly all of their cycling trips which could increase their chances of distracted cycling and not being able to identify obstacles or dangers in the road in time to avoid them. If you or someone you know has been injured in a serious bicycle accident, you may have grounds to pursue compensation. Consulting with a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible is strongly recommended.
No one should have to live through the horror of a bike accident because another motorist was not paying attention, but even with more laws and better safety measures for cyclists, this is a reality for anyone who chooses two wheels to get to work. If you are concerned about what your life will be like after an accident caused by a motorist, you need to get medical attention immediately and to schedule an appointment with an experienced injury attorney. The right lawyer can make a big difference in a legal case and help you understand what you need to do next to help yourself.