The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a federal agency with the goal to reduce accidents, injuries, and fatalities on the roads of the United States. NHTSA does not only work to prevent collisions between motor vehicles, but also focuses of the safety of motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. As part of their regular work, NHTSA officials research and compile data regarding bicycle accidents across the country and publish them on its website. NHTSA further evaluates bicycle crash trends in order to try to identify accidents causes to help prevent more accidents in the future. Many bicycle accidents are caused by negligence on the part of a motor vehicle driver. If you have suffered injury in a bicycle accident caused by a negligent driver, an experienced Coweta County accident attorney can help you hold that driver responsible.
The NHSTA has published the following facts and statistics regarding bicycle accidents in the United States to try to raise awareness about the risk of accidents:
- In 2011, 48,000 bicyclists suffered injuries in accidents
- In 2011, 677 bicyclists died in accidents
- Most of the bicyclists killed were men
- 19% of bicycle accident injuries were suffered by riders age 16 and younger
- 69% of bicycle accident fatalities happened in urban areas
- 59% of accidents were not in intersections
- 28% of bicyclists killed had been drinking and 23% were over the legal limit of intoxication
If you are in a high-risk group for bicycle accidents and injuries, you should especially be sure to take proper safety precautions when riding a bike. However, sometimes even the safest of riders cannot control the actions of drivers and may sometimes still get injured.
Contact a Coweta County accident attorney for a free consultation
If you have suffered injury in a bicycle accident, you deserve to recover for your losses from the responsible driver. An experienced accident lawyer will work to make sure you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve. Do not hesitate to call (770) 487-8999 to schedule a free consultation with the Law Offices of Shane Smith today.