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Bicycle Accidents

A Brief Look at Bike Accidents and Their Victims

The number of people bicycling as an alternative to driving has increased significantly nationwide, including in Charlotte. Generally speaking, biking to destinations is much better for the planet than traveling by automobile and it allows bikers to avoid daily traffic snarls. That being the case, it is no wonder that an ever-increasing number of people are choosing to bike to school and work. Unfortunately, with more bicyclists on roadways comes a greater risk of bike accident injuries and deaths.

Despite the bicycling revolution that has taken place, many drivers are still unfamiliar with how to share the road with bicyclists. Drivers frequently pass too closely to bikers, fail to give bicyclists the right-of-way as required, open their doors in the paths of oncoming bikers and otherwise do things that can lead to a collision. The fact that drivers do not always know how to safely interact with bicyclists helps to explain why the death toll for bike riders has increased so much in recent years. When a rider is hurt or killed, Charlotte bicycle accident lawyers should be consulted for help providing assistance with making a claim for compensation.

Who is Losing their Lives in Bicycle Collisions?

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently published a report entitled Spotlight on Highway Safety: Bicycle Safety. The purpose of the report was to make a close assessment of who was losing their lives in bicycle collisions.

Between 2010 and 2012, there was a one percent overall increase in the number of people killed in all types of motor vehicle collisions. Unfortunately, in that same period of time, the number of bicyclists killed in collisions increased 16 percent. With so many more riders dying in crashes, it is important to understand why this is occurring. Charlotte bike accident attorneys can help conduct an investigation into the cause of an individual crash, but the GHSA looked at aggregate data to try to develop a deeper understanding of who was being affected.

The report showed that the majority of bicycle collision victims are age 20 or older. In fact, 84 percent of the people killed in bike crashes were adults 20 and up. This is a significant shift from 1975 when the majority of bicycle accident victims were children and only 21 percent of riders killed in fatal accidents were over 20.

The increase in bicyclists losing their lives is largely an urban phenomenon, with 69 percent of the victims of fatal bike collisions living in urban areas. In 1975, only around half of the riders killed were city-dwellers.

The reason that the most likely bike accident victim is now an urban adult is because people in this demographic tend to use bikes to commute much more frequently. Between 2000 and 2013, for example, there was a 62 percent increase in the number of bicycle commuters.

Bike accident attorneys can represent victims of any age group and their family members in pursuing a claim for bike accident compensation after a deadly collision or after a crash that causes injury. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about how we can help you. 

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