There are several sources for finding information on Bicycle Accident Statistics. Typically, the national and state resources are the best place to look, such as the U.S. Department of Transportation – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and the Arizona Department of Transportation. However, other organizations do a great job of putting these numbers to good use in lay terms for easy to understand charts, and diagrams, such as The League of American Bicyclists and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.
The national data seems to always come a year or two later than the local state data. As of right now, our most recent bicycle accident statistics from a national perspective date back to 2012. We expect to see 2014 sometime next year.
The Short story is this, too many cyclists are killed – even One fatality is simply too many. Many more cyclists were injured and not killed. On a national scale in 2012 there were 726 cyclists killed in accidents with a motor vehicle. Approximately 40% of these fatal bicycle crashes were clearly identified as cyclists rear ended by a motor vehicle. Approximately 30% were “unknown” – meaning hit and run bicycle accidents, and other unknown situations which in our opinion most likely includes many more rear end collisions by a motor vehicle. The next closest percent was “Cyclist Side/Car Front” at 11%. Clearly distracted driving has promoted the largest reason for bicycle fatalities as hitting a cyclist from behind mostly only happens when the driver isn’t paying attention to the road and drives their car right into a cyclist or a group of cyclists from behind.
Taking the most recent data from the NHTSA, you should note that nationally from 2011 to 2012 there was an increase in bicycle fatalities of 6.4%. The average age of fatal bicycle accident victims in 2012 was 43 years old. 88% of the bicycle fatalities were male. 69% of the bicycle fatalities occurred in urban areas. 30% of bicycle fatalities occurred between 4:00pm and 7:59pm. 24% of bicycle fatalities had a blood alcohol content of 0.08 g/dL or higher.
And from ADOT we learn that in 2013 there were 30 bicycle fatalities in Arizona, up from 18 bicycle deaths in 2012. Additionally, there were 1,679 reported bicycle accidents in Arizona where a cyclist was injured by a motor vehicle. 91% of reported bicycle accidents in Arizona were in urban areas. 70% of fatal bicycle accidents in Arizona were in urban areas. 71.2% of all reported bicycle accidents were in Maricopa county, and 63.3% of all fatal bicycle accidents in Arizona were in Maricopa county. Approximately 37% of bicycle fatalities in Arizona occurred while the sun was going down or just after.
National and Arizona Bicycle Accident Statistics at a glance:
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In recent years there has been approximately 700 bicycle fatalities in the United States every single year. Approximately 2,000 bicycle accidents are reported in Arizona every year. Approximately 30 fatal bicycle accidents are reported in Arizona every year. Bicycle fatalities are terrible and horrific tragedies that affect the lives of too many families and friends to count. Understanding your rights and obligations as a cyclist can bring clarity to your specific accident situation. It will always be in your best interest to be represented by an attorney who knows the bicycle laws and has a successful track record of winning bicycle accident cases. The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your bicycle accident case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in bicycle accident law, local and state bicycle ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and laws. You should hire someone very familiar with negligence and tort law, civil procedure, and the rules of evidence as they all relate specifically to bicycle accident cases.
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