There were more than 50,000 people who were injured in bicycle accidents in Asheville and elsewhere in 2010, according to the most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Throughout the entire year, nearly 620 bicyclists were killed in motor vehicle-related accidents. These fatalities accounted for about 2 percent of the total number of traffic fatalities.
We may have seen a decrease in the number of bicycle fatalities from 2011 to 2012, from 628 to 618. But the truth of it all is that these fatal bicycle accidents still accounted for the same percentage of traffic fatalities. We saw a slight decrease in the overall number of traffic accidents during this time, too.
Our Asheville bicycle accident lawyers understand that safety experts are expecting the risks for these kinds of accidents to increase in the coming months. Right now, in the summer travel season, we’re already seeing increasing risks for these accidents. More motorists are heading out and more bicyclists are pedaling through. With more of these travelers, the risks and the number of accidents is expected to increase alongside. Drivers as asked to be careful when traveling near our two-wheeled friends as bicyclists are asked to make themselves as visible and predictable as possible when traveling near motor vehicles. Both parties need to be responsible for their own actions and they need to work with one another to help to preserve traffic safety.
If you’re riding a bicycle in the area, there are few things that you should be on the lookout for. First off, you want to make sure that you’re careful when traveling through urban areas and through non-intersection areas as most accidents occur in these locations. You’re also warned to be cautious when traveling during the evening hours. About 30 percent of all fatal bicycle accidents in 2010 happened between the hours of 4:00 and 7:59 in the evening. The second most dangerous time to be out on our roadways was from 8:00 and 11:59 at night. The fewest number of fatal bicycle accidents occurred between midnight and 4:00 a.m. We’re not saying that you should go out and ride your bike during this time, because you’re less likely to be involved in an accident, we’re just saying that fewer bicyclists were out during then and therefor there weren’t a lot of accidents.
In 2010 in the state of North Carolina, there were nearly 25 people who were killed in bicycling accidents throughout the state. Although the state has been working on a number of initiatives to help to improve safety for all, drivers are asked to do their part and to keep an eye out for these vulnerable travelers. According to the recently-released statistics from the NHSTA, bicycle accident-related fatalities accounted for more than 1.5 percent of the total traffic accident fatalities for the year. These accidents are usually the result of driver inattention. Please be on your best behavior behind the wheel to help to keep everyone safe! The change starts with you.
If you or a loved one has been injured contact Asheville injury attorneys at Lee Law Offices to schedule a free appointment today. Call 800-887-1965.
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