Sadly, each year, hundreds of Americans die in bicycle accidents and the numbers appear to be growing.
According to the Washington Post, using data provided by the Governors Highway Safety Association, the number of fatal bicycle accidents involving other vehicles increased by 16 percent from 2010 to 2012.
The Post reported that the number of crashes grew from 621 in 2010 to 722 in 2012. During the same period, the newspaper reported that other motor vehicle deaths grew by only 1 percent.
The statistics have left safety experts concerned. It should be noted that there has been a 62 percent surge in bicycle sales and commuting since 2000, according to the paper. This has occurred as the federal government has promoted cycling as a way to exercise and reduce traffic and emissions.
In 2012, the paper noted that adults 20 and older comprised 84 percent of bicycle fatalities. Additionally, 88 percent of the victims were male and two-thirds were not wearing helmets.
To avoid bicycle accidents, cyclists and drivers must use caution. This includes following all traffic signals and posted signs. Additionally, drivers should avoid drunk driving, distracted driving and obey speed limits. They should also be alert for specifically designated cycling lanes.
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Remember, much like motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents can also result in devastating injuries, like head wounds, spinal cord injuries or fractures, which often require expensive physical therapy and rehab. This is because bicycles offer less protection than other vehicles on the road.
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KGG’s Corner: One-third of fatal bicycle accident victims in 2012 had a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher when they crashed.