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Facts regarding bicycle-related deaths and injuries

Many residents of California enjoy regularly getting out and doing some bicycling. However, these active individuals may be surprised to learn that hundreds of cyclists are killed every year in accidents that involve motor vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, there are about two vehicle-related bicycle deaths a day in the U.S.

NHTSA data shows that 726 cyclists died from vehicle-related accidents in 2014. These numbers represent slightly more than 2 percent of all traffic-related fatalities for the year. In 2013, 749 bicyclists died, and in 2011, 682 died.

In regards to bicyclist injuries, the annual numbers have remained around 50,000 since 2008. The numbers spiked to 68,000 in 1993 before dropping to 41,000 in 2003. The NHTSA report further noted that the actual number of bicycle-related injuries is probably much higher because police may only be recording about 10 percent of them.

That total cost spent on bicyclist-related injuries and fatalities is more than $4 billion each year. Factors that increase bicycle risks include riding at nighttime and riding under the influence of alcohol.

The average age of those who die in a bicycle-car accident varies. According to the NHTSA, the average age was 24 in 1988, and by 2014, the average age was 45. Additionally, about 90 percent of cyclists who were killed in 2014 were males. Likewise, one-fifth of cyclist deaths happened between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Also interesting to note was that no cyclist-related fatalities took place in Vermont and Rhode Island in 2014.

A car that collides with a bicyclist can cause catastrophic injuries. Victims of bicycle accidents could file a lawsuit with the assistance of a personal injury attorney.

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