Dangers for Bicyclists on the Road

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The LaBovick Injury Law Blog has posted an article highlighting the need for drivers to be extra cautious when sharing the road with bicyclists, particularly in the summer months.

In an effort to promote roadway safety for Bicyclists we are sharing important stats involving bicycle accidents:
There are 73 to 85 million bicycle riders in the US, including 45 million over age 6 who rode more than six times in 2008.
700 bicyclists died on US roads in 2007. Over 90 percent died in crashes with motor vehicles.
The “typical” bicyclist killed on our roads is a sober male over 16 not wearing a helmet riding on a major road between intersections in an urban area on a summer evening when hit by a car.
About 540,000 bicyclists visit emergency rooms with injuries every year. Of those, about 67,000 have head injuries, and 27,000 have injuries serious enough to be hospitalized.
43,000 cyclists were reported injured in traffic crashes in 2007.
There were 1 in 8 of the cyclists with reported injuries had a brain injury.
Two-thirds of the deaths here are from traumatic brain injury.
A very high percentage of cyclists’ brain injuries can be prevented by a helmet, estimated at anywhere from 45 to 88 per cent..

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued the following Bicycle Stats in
November, 2008
There were 698 Bicyclist deaths in 2007: (Down from 773 in 2006).
There were 43,000 Bicyclist injuries in traffic in 2007: (Down from 44,000 in 2006).
The average age of a bicyclist killed on the highways was Age 40.
The average age of a bicyclist injured on the highways was age 30.
The number of Bicyclists killed that were 15 years old and under was 107.
The number of Bicyclists injured that were 15 years old and under was 12,000.
The number of Bicyclists killed that were 16 to 34 years old was 163.
The number of Bicyclists injured that were 16 to 34 years old was 16,000.
The number of Bicyclists killed that were 35 to 54 years old was 262.
The number of Bicyclists injured that were 35 to 54 years old was 10,000.
The number of Bicyclists killed that were 55 years and older was 262.
The number of Bicyclists killed that were 55 years and older was 4,000.

The article has also listed tips for bicylcists as well:
7 Tips and Rules for the Road for Bicyclists

Protect Your Head. Wear a Helmet.
Assure Bicycle Readiness. Use proper size and function of bicycle.
Ride Wisely. Learn and Follow the Rules of the Road.
Be Predictable. Act Like a Driver of a Vehicle.
Be Visible. See and Be Seen at All Times.
“Drive” with Care. Share the Road.
Stay Focused. Stay Alert.

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