Bicycle Wreck Statistics

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Bicycle Wreck Statistics: Riding a Bicycle on Public Highways Continues to be a Dangerous Choice

With higher gas prices, a desire on the parts of some to maintain a green and healthy lifestyle, and the natural appeal of spring and summer weather, bicycling is becoming increasingly popular. But with increased ridership comes increased risk, especially for those who ride in traffic. While we all like to think that we are safe when riding our bikes on area roads, there are negligent drivers everywhere. Drivers may be distracted, or even drunk and can cause serious accidents that result in the injury or even death of a loved one.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 675 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2011. That number constitutes two percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths. Such accidents can occur anywhere at anytime, although 60 percent of deadly accidents occurred on major roads, and 35 percent occurred on minor roads. By far, most fatal bicycle accidents (69 percent) occurred in urban areas, not rural areas, and 36% were killed at intersections.

In most cases where serious injury occurred, the culprit was head trauma. This points to the importance of wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle. Helmets prevent serious brain and spinal cord injuries to people of all ages. Over the past several years, 84 percent of those killed while riding a bicycle were older than 19, and fewer than 15 percent of fatalities were to riders wearing helmets. In 2011, two-thirds of bicyclists killed reportedly were not wearing helmets.

While a helmet can help protect you against the harm caused by negligent drivers, there are no guarantees. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident caused by another driver, you or your family might be entitled to compensation for injuries or deaths as a result of the accident. The attorneys at Hill Law Firm have experience handling accidents involving bicyclists and vehicles. If you’ve been injured, or have lost a loved one in a biking accident, please contact the Texas Bicycle Accident Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm today.

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  1. I’m sorry you lost your father so sudnedly, Karyn. My mom died July 25 of 2009. We were supposed to go up on the 26th to see her and my dad and celebrate my oldests’ 4th birthday. My youngest was born less than 2 weeks later under general anesthesia and we both almost didn’t make it. Thankfully she and I are healthy today and no lasting effects from her birth but it breaks my heart that my mom won’t ever see her namesake, or have Grama read her books- I thank God every day that the last words I spoke to her were Love you, mom but oh, if I could just have 5 more minutes, just 5, just to say thank you, for being my mom and never giving up on me. I never did get to say those things to her and I can’t do that now. Sometimes I feel like there’s a piece of me that’s been missing since my mom died, and it takes my breath away, how much it hurts. I try to talk about her a lot with my kids, although I’m not sure any of them will be old enough to remember her later- but I talk about her and who she was, what she loved, etc. in hopes that she’ll live on in some way in their hearts.

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