The sun is shining through and the warm weather’s here.
With these changes, bicyclists are dusting off their helmets and they’re hitting the open road. What’s also here is the most recent statistics for bicycling accidents in Charlotte and elsewhere. According to newly-released data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were nearly 620 bicyclists killed in auto-related accidents throughout the U.S. in 2010. In addition to these fatalities, there were also more than 50,000 bicyclist injuries as a result of crashes with motor vehicles. Bicyclists face serious risks for injury and death and we’re asking motorists to watch for bicyclists and motorcycles through the summer riding season.
Our Charlotte bicycle accident attorneys understand that the summer season brings about increased risks for these kinds of accidents. In 2010, bicyclist fatalities accounted for about 2 percent of all roadway fatalities. When you think about it, that’s a lot considering there are so many more motor vehicles than there are bicyclists. These two-wheeled travelers face some serious risks for death when involved in traffic accidents as they’re provided with almost no protection when up against the power and the size of a vehicle. For this reason, we’re asking all drivers to be on the lookout for these vulnerable motorists. Driver attention may be one of the keys in preventing these kinds of accidents.
In the state of North Carolina there were nearly 25 bicyclists who were killed in auto-related accidents in 2010.
The number of overall bicyclist fatalities may have decrease by just 2 percent from the year before, but with all of the bicycling campaigns and programs that are sweeping our country we can expect even more bicyclists than ever before. Residents nationwide are pedaling for fun, for fitness, and for transportation. And with more bicyclists we have higher risks for accidents.
Bicyclists are urged to be extra careful during the evening hours. A majority of these accidents happen between the hours or 4:00 p.m. and 7:59 p.m. The second most-dangerous time for these accidents is between 8:00 p.m. and 11:50 p.m. When riding during the evening hours, bicyclists are asked to make themselves as visible as possible. Wear bright-colored clothing and consider adhering reflective tape to your clothing and to your bike.
All bicyclists are at a serious risk for one of these accidents, but 42-years-old was the average age of bicyclists killed in auto accidents in 2010. Throughout the last 10 years, this number has been increasing steadily.
If you’re a guy you might want to be a little more cautious, too. The NHTSA reports that nearly 90 percent of those who were killed in bicycle accidents in 2010 were males. This was the same for bicyclist injuries.
What this means is that these accidents often seriously injure or kill a family’s primary wage earner. Seeking justice will help ensure the resources are available for recovery and to take care of your family.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bicycling accident in Charlotte, call Lee Law Offices, P.A. to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965 today.
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Anderson Bicycle Accident Kills One, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, February 16, 2012
Bicycle Accident in Greenville County Kills 73-Year-Old Man, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, February 8, 2012