While riding your bike close to traffic, it is essential to understand the different risks you face. When compared to those riding in vehicles, bicyclists have an especially high chance of suffering a serious injury if a crash occurs, and these injuries can turn lives upside down in many different ways.
Going over statistics on bicycle accidents, as well as various risk factors, can help bicyclists understand the dangers they face on the road.
Statistics on nonfatal bicyclist injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that nearly 467,000 bicyclists suffered injuries over the course of 2015. Whether you have to miss work or you cannot pay medical expenses, a bicycle accident could lead to serious financial repercussions. In fact, 2010 data shows that fatal and nonfatal bike accident injuries led to $10 billion worth of lost productivity and medical expenses over the course of victims’ lives.
Risks associated with bicycle accidents
Even though bicyclists account for a mere 1% of trips in the U.S., they are more likely to suffer injuries and lose their lives in accidents when compared to motor vehicle occupants. Young children and adolescents between 5 and 19 suffer nonfatal bike accident injuries more than older bicyclists, and they account for over one-third of emergency room visits due to bicyclist injuries. Male bicyclists are more likely to sustain injuries and lose their lives in comparison to female bicyclists.
If a bicycle accident left you or a family member with serious injuries, go over the details of the incident. If a negligent driver caused the accident, hold them accountable.