No drum roll needed, folks. It's obvious that you should wear a helmet every time you get on your bicycle. Even if it's not the law, which is the case in Washington as well as many cities like Bellingham. Read up on recent crash statistics and a guide to buy the right helmet here.
Bicycling, as both a mode of transportation and of recreation, is on the rise across the country. But with this growing popularity comes a growing number of injuries and deaths due to bicycle accidents.
Recent data that illustrates the danger includes:
- In 2012, 726 people died in bicycle crashes with motor vehicles nationwide; 49,000 were injured.
- The total cost of bicycle crash injuries and deaths totals approximately $4 billion per year.
- Bicyclist injuries between 2001 and 2011 increased by 8.9%.
Statistics on the age, gender, and location of bicycle crashes are enlightening as well:
- In 2012 the average age of bicyclists killed in accident with vehicles was 43 years old.
- 88% of people killed in bicycle crashes were male.
- 69% of fatal bike crashes occurred in urban areas; 30% occurred between 4-8 p.m.
- 24% of bicyclists killed in crashes had Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08 g/dL or higher.
When a bicycle crash results in injury, the data illustrates clearly that collisions with vehicles is the greatest danger to bicyclists:
- In 2012, nearly one third of injury bicycle crashes happen in a collision with a motor vehicle;
- 17% of injuries occurred when the bicyclist fell;
- 13% happened in a bike crash caused by uneven or unrepaired roadways;
- 13% were due to rider error or inattention.
Though the technology and design improves more and more with each year, bicycle helmets can't always protect bicyclists from TBI. If you've hit your head in a bike crash, know the signs and symptoms of this all too common problem, from this post by bike accident attorney Bill Coats Law in Bellingham WA.
As the weather warms, more people take their bicycles on the road, for commuting to work, helping the environment, exercise, recreation, and to save on automobile expenses. As bicycling gains in popularity, also on the rise is the likelihood of a crash with a car, truck, or other vehicle – and, so often, these crashes result in serious injury or death to the cyclist involved. In sharing the road with bicyclists, motorists can do a few simple things to make everyone's journey safer. Click here for tips on how to avoid common errors that drivers sometimes make that can result in serious injury or death.
Did you know that some cities do not require bicyclists to wear helmets? There is no state law mandating their use, either. This is surprising, due to statistics showing that “helmet use has been estimated to reduce head injury risk by 85 percent,” according to the Bicycle Safety Helmet Institute, a volunteer advocacy group. Go here to learn how helmets protect you, and why you should never get on your bike without one.
As bicycling gains in popularity, also on the rise is the likelihood of a crash with a car, truck, or other vehicle – and, so often, these crashes result in serious injury or death to the cyclist involved. According to the NHTSA, while overall passenger vehicle deaths decreased in 2012, bicyclist fatalities increased. Bicyclists injured in accidents with a vehicle also rose during this time. In sharing the road with bicyclists, motorists can do a few simple things to make everyone's journey safer.
While helmet usage is not mandated in every city, if you ride your bicycle, you should wear one every time. Aside from concussions that can cause the brain to swell and/or fluid to collect leading to brain damage, the descriptions of what happens when a brain is impacted are quite gruesome. An extremely violent rotation of the head, where the brain remains stationary, can tear up blood vessels and nerves fueling this precious organ. That is one possible consequence of a bicycle accident. Click to learn more about bicycle helmet use.
Take these important steps after a serious or fatal bicycle accident:
Bobby Horvath, 50s, was killed after being struck by a car while cycling on Commerce Road in Orchard Lake Village.
A 70-year-old bicyclist was hit and killed in a fatal accident involving an off-duty NOPD officer in Central City, Louisiana. The accident occured at South Claiborne Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr.
Bicycling is a popular mode of transportation in Las Vegas, yet many bike riders do not understand their rights and responsibilities as bike riders in the city. When an accident happens, these rules can affect how an accident claim is managed. Go here to learn more about the rules that Las Vegas bicyclists need to know.
After a serious bicycle accident, an injured rider is smart to find a personal injury lawyer to help them with an insurance claim that will compensate them for their injuries and financial losses. Go to this link to hear from an experienced bike accident attorney about the best way to effectively handle a bicycle crash case.
A bicyclist is dead in the Tucson area is dead after being struck by a train. According to authorities, at approximately 2 AM, 20-year-old Jorge A. Villalobos was riding a mountain bike northbound on a railroad bridge across the Rillito Wash.
One person has been injured following a crash between a sedan and a bicycle at Indiana Street and Whittier Boulevard Monday afternoon in Los Angeles, California. The victim's condition is currently unknown.
A male bicyclist in his 50's was injured in accident on South Volusia Avenue in front of a Wendy's restaurant in Orange City, FL after being hit by a car, driven by a woman in her 70's, when he tried to cross the street.
William Mack, 81, dies after being hit by car while riding his bicycle on Boston Post Road in Guilford, Connecticut. Mack was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital but passed the following day. No charges have been filed to date.
Smith was killed when a Tri-Rail train hit him Monday afternoon near Dania Beach. Apparently the warning lights and gates for a railroad crossing activated, but Smith ignored them and attempted to beat the train.