The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is an agency that is part of the United States Department of Transportation that works to reduce vehicle-related crashes in order to prevent injuries and save lives. Each year, NHTSA releases data regarding several different types of vehicle-related accidents, including motorcycle, pedestrian, and bicycle accidents for past years. NHTSA also analyzes crash factors in order to educate the public on common causes of and ways to prevent vehicle-related accidents. If you have been involved in a bicycle accident or any other type of motor vehicle accident, contact an experienced accident attorney in Fayette County as soon as possible for a free consultation.
The following are some facts and statistics related to bicycle accidents in the United States as reported by NHTSA:
- 677 bicyclists died in accidents in 2011 alone
- 48,000 bicyclists were injured in accidents in 2011
- 69 percent of those fatalities occurred in urban areas
- 59 percent did not take place in an intersection
- 19 percent of injuries happened to bicycle riders age 16 or under
- The large majority of those injured (78 percent) or killed (85 percent) were male
- 28 percent of bicyclists who died had been drinking and 23 percent had a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit of .08 percent.
In order to try to lower the incidence of injury and death in vehicle-related bicycle accidents, NHTSA puts out safety tips and pamphlets to increase rider safety and awareness of risks while bicycling. Some of the most common tips include always wearing a helmet, increasing visibility with reflectors, lights, and reflective clothing, following all the rules of the roads, always being as aware as possible of cars both in front and behind you, always ride the same way as traffic, and avoid biking while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
In the unfortunate incident that you are injured in an auto accident, the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you receive compensation for your injuries and related losses. Do not hesitate to call (770) 487-8999 to schedule a free consultation with an accident lawyer today.