You’ve been there. Personally or as a witness. That group ride that gets a bit squirelly, that car gets a bit to close or well…you just weren’t paying attention. Pretty much every cyclist/triathlete has encountered a crash. But, do you KNOW what to do once the accident happens.
Ann gives us some legal perspective and Jeff talks about the logistics of how to decrease risk.
In 2015, 818 people lost their lives in bicycle/motor vehicle crashes, more than two people every day of the year in the U.S. This represents a 6 percent increase in bicyclist fatalities since 2006 and a 12.2 percent increase from the previous year (2014).
These numbers represent just over two percent of the total number of people killed and injured in traffic crashes in 2015.
The number of estimated bicyclist injuries dropped to 45,000 in 2015, down from 50,000 in 2014. However, like pedestrian injury estimates, research into hospital records shows that only a fraction of bicycle crashes causing injury are ever recorded by the police, possibly as low as ten percent.
- Bicyclist deaths in 2006: 772
- Bicyclist deaths in 2015: 818 (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts)
- Change in bicyclist fatalities between 2006 and 2015: 6 percent increase
- Estimated bicyclist injuries in 2006: 44,000
- Estimated bicyclist injuries in 2015: 45,000 (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts)
- Change in estimated bicyclist injuries between 2006 and 2015: 2.3 percent increase
- The total cost of bicyclist injury and death is over $4 billion per year (National Safety Council).
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