Now that summer is quickly approaching, more people are riding their bicycles
– to commute to work, for exercise, or for some healthy recreational fun.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
between 2000 and 2012, the number of Americans who used their bicycles
to travel to work went from 488,000 to around 786,000 – a significant increase.
While we can all agree that bicycling is good for the environment and our
health, we cannot ignore the fact that it’s also more dangerous
than riding in a vehicle, namely because of the lack of protection bicycling affords.
In July 2014, the NHTSA reported that:
- Of the bicyclists injured or killed, 88% of them were male,
- The majority of bicycle fatalities occurred in urban areas (69%),
- 24% of bicycle fatalities involved bicyclists between the ages of 45 and 54, and
- 48% of bicycle fatalities occurred in the late afternoon and evening, between
the hours of 4 p.m. and midnight.
In 2012, the total number of passenger and vehicle deaths decreased overall,
but that was not the case for bicyclist fatalities, which increased from
682 to 726. In 2012, the bicycle injuries increased from 48,000 nationwide
to 49,000, the NHTSA reports.
The NHTSA’s discovered that more bicyclist fatalities occur during
the summer between July and September, which is understandable considering
the pleasant weather.
According to a 2012 national survey conducted by the NHTSA, the average
bicycle ride was 30 minutes (42%), with 31 to 60-minute rides coming in
second at 36%. The most common reasons for riding cited were recreation
and exercise respectively.
Top Mistakes Made By Motorists
- The driver fails to yield to the bicyclist and turns in front of them.
- The driver fails to look for bicyclists (e.g. at a stop sign).
- At a red light, the driver turns right.
- The driver goes too fast for the traffic conditions.
- The driver passes the bicyclist too closely.
If you, or someone you love was injured in a
bicycle accident, we urge you to contact our New Jersey bicycle accident attorney, Brandon
As an advocate selected for inclusion in
New Jersey’s Super Lawyers and as a member of the
Million Dollar Advocates Forum, he is qualified to help you.
Call now for a free case evaluation!