Undestanding the Risks with Bicycle Accident Statistics

The warm and sunny weather we enjoy in San Diego year-round often leads to a higher-than-average number of bicyclists on the road. Unfortunately, this increase may be a contributing factor to California’s high bicycle accident rate. Victims can suffer serious injuries and thousands of dollars in damage to their bikes. Bicycle-related deaths also account for a tragic number of traffic fatalities. Our attorneys in San Diego, CA, can help you understand bicycle accident statistics and how they apply to you and your unique situation. To help seek the most compensation for your damages, contact our law firm to speak with an attorney.

Bicycle Accident Statistics in California and Nationwide

photo of a cyclist in trafficCalifornia usually tops the nationwide list for bicycle fatalities, despite being the first state in the country to pass a bicycle helmet law. In 2015 alone, 818 cyclists were killed in the US and approximately 45,000 were injured. Of those fatalities, 141 took place in California. While the national average of bicycle accident deaths accounts for just two percent of all motor vehicle accident fatalities, California’s average is nearly twice that. In addition, since California’s helmet law only applies to cyclists under the age of 18, countless numbers of adult cyclists forego wearing a helmet. As a result, head injuries are the most common injury cyclists suffer. 

Cyclists who use their bikes for transportation (i.e. on-road cycling) have a 40 percent greater risk of suffering severe injuries than those who only participate in off-road cycling for recreation. This is a serious factor to consider since the number of individuals who use a bicycle as transportation to and from work increased 64 percent from 2000-2012 alone.

Other significant statistics include:

  • 20 percent of all bicycle accidents occur between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm
  • 71 percent of accidents occur in urban areas
  • About 21 percent of cyclists in accidents have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit of 0.08 grams per deciliter
  • 88 percent of cyclists killed were male
  • The largest number of individuals injured were between the ages of 20 and 24

The significant number of bicycle accidents and resulting injuries affect thousands of individuals every year. If you have suffered from a bicycle accident, our attorneys can help determine the cause and hold responsible parties liable. 

Our attorneys can provide a thorough consultation to help you understand your legal options after a cycling accident.

Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly one-third of all injuries sustained in bicycle accidents are caused by a collision with a car. Other common causes of these accidents include:

  • Losing balance and falling off the bike
  • Uneven or cracked roadways or paths and potholes
  • Cyclist error, such as failing to signal when turning
  • Failing to pay attention to surroundings
  • Crash or collision with another cyclist, pedestrian, or object
  • Avoiding collision with an animal such as a dog

In addition, poor weather and improperly maintained bikes can lead to a number of accidents and serious injuries.

Call San Diego Injury Lawyer Today

If you were injured in a bike accident in San Diego, contact our law firm online or call (619) 272-4028. Our attorneys can provide a thorough consultation to help you understand your legal options after a cycling accident.