Bike Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bicyclist deaths comprise around 2% of all traffic-related fatalities on U.S. roads. Bike accidents and deaths tend to afflict young children disproportionately. Since records have been tabulated in the early 1930s, more than 53,000 cyclists have been killed in traffic accidents – that's around the same amount of people who died in the Vietnam War.
More sobering statistics about bicycle accidents:
- Around a quarter million children are hospitalized every year for bicycle injuries.
- A strongly disproportionate number of bicyclists hurt/killed are male – figures suggest anywhere from 80% to 90%.
- Around 700 people annually die in bike accidents on U.S. roads.
- Around 33% of bike accidents involve alcohol or drugs.
- Bike accidents and deaths are more common during the evening rush hour (5 pm to 9 pm); during the summer; and in urban/city regions.
Cycling Accident Injuries
Although every accident has a unique profile, bike injuries present certain recurring "themes." First of all, bicyclists do not wear seatbelts. Thus, they get easily thrown off their vehicles and land on their hands and forearms. As a result, we see a disproportionate number of bike-related wrist sprains, fractures, lacerations, and soft tissue injuries.
The presence or absence of a bicycling helmet can strongly predict the nature of injuries. Obviously, bicyclists who wear helmets tend to be somewhat protected against serious head injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, whiplash, and shock. But a helmet does not totally protect the bike rider. A bicyclist is more exposed on the roads than a motor vehicle driver, and the David-versus-Goliath nature of automobile-bike collisions typically leads to more unfortunate consequences for cyclists.
Indiana Bike Accident Attorneys
Connect today with the Sevenish Law Firm. Attorney Randy Sevenish is a former police officer, and he has over two decades of experience recovering settlements and claims for injury clients. Call 800.278.9200, or explore the resources on our Indiana personal injury website to learn more.