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Are Bike Crashes Becoming More Frequent in the United States?

Are Bike Crashes Becoming More Frequent in the United States?

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Are bike crashes becoming more frequent in the United States? Does the data show that cyclists are at increased risk of involvement in a bike crash? Nationwide, the number of cyclists killed in a bike crash has risen significantly over the past decade. While a decade ago the number of fatalities trended downwards, that number has climbed rapidly since 2014. At the same time, the number of cyclists has declined. This means that cyclists are at increased risk of suffering a fatality in a motor vehicle accident.

In 2015, it was estimated that there were approximately 100 million cyclists in the United States. Of these, approximately 14 million rode their bikes twice per week. It was further estimated that nearly 34% of Americans over the age of 3 rode a bike at least once per year. Of those who rode, roughly 15% did so at least once as a primary mode of transportation for errands, work, etc.

As of 2017, it was estimated that 47.5 million Americans rode a bike at least once per year. This was a significant decline from previous years and was most noticeable in young adults under the age of 17.

Nearly 70% of all fatal accidents happen on urban roads. This is due in part to the close proximity of traffic to bike lanes, sidewalks, and paths where cyclists ride. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that nearly 30% of cyclist fatalities involve motor vehicle accidents.

In 2016, a total of 840 cyclists died in car accidents across America. 5 of these fatalities occurred in Kansas. This was an increase from 3 in 2015, but still less than the 7 who died in 2014. The fatality and injury trends recorded in Kansas closely mirrored the national trend. Over the past three years, the number of injuries recorded rose from 301 in 2014, to 320 in 2015, and again to 342 in 2016. This is the highest number of injuries recorded over the past decade and shows that the risks are clearly increasing for cyclists in Kansas.

Brad Pistotnik Law is a Wichita law firm with bike crash attorneys, car accident lawyers, truck accident lawyers, auto accident attorneys, lawyers, and abogados who represent clients in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Florida, Missouri, and Illinois following bike accidents. Our attorneys can provide the legal help you need to pursue your personal injury, property damage, and wrongful death claims. Whether the bike accident occurred in Wichita, Liberal, Garden City, Andover, Augusta, Leon, El Dorado, Burns, Newton, Hesston, Derby, Mulvane, Clearwater, Conway Springs, Chehey, Latham, Matfield, Cassoday, Norwich, Belle Plaine, South Haven, Caldwell, Deer Creek, Blackwell, Ponca City, Newkirk, Arkansas City, Maple City, Burden, Buttermilke, Wilmore, Aetna, Lookout, Selman, Freedom, Tegarden, Alva, Avard, Kiowa, Hardtner, Sawyer, Isabel, Nashville, Tulsa, Topeka, Dodge City, Lawrence, Russell, Overland Park, Hastings, Oklahoma City, Columbia, Joplin, Sharon, Alex, Assaria, Gypsum, Little River, Chase, Alden, Mondridge, or elsewhere in these states, our Wichita law firm represents individuals following a bike crash in these communities.

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