The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling on motorists and cyclists to be “Roll Models” during Bicycle Safety Month. Throughout the month of May, the NHTSA and other public safety agencies across the nation will be raising awareness about the importance of improving roadway safety for cyclists of all ages. According to the NHTSA, 743 cyclists were killed in crashes in 2013. An additional 48,000 cyclists were injured that year. The NHTSA is hoping to improve cyclist safety and decrease the number of injury-causing and fatal crashes that happen each year.
How to Be a “Roll Model”
Anybody can be a “Roll Model”. You don’t even have to ride a bicycle. Motorists can set a safe example behind the wheel by making a commitment to distraction-free driving. “Roll Models” always ride and drive focused and prepared. This means you must pay attention to the task of driving or riding and always expect the unexpected. “Roll Models” also put safety first, all the time. If you’re in the car, buckle up for every trip, no matter how far you’re traveling. If you’re riding a bicycle, make sure to have your helmet on. “Roll Models” also know the rules of the road, and they share the road safely and show respect for all different types of roadway users.
U.S. Cyclist Traffic Safety Facts
- In 2015, 818 cyclists were killed in crashes on U.S. roadways.
- An estimated 45,000 cyclists were injured in U.S. traffic crashes in 2015.
- Cyclist deaths accounted for 2.3 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2015.
- Over the 10-year period from 2006 to 2015, the average age of cyclist killed in traffic crashes went from 41 to 45 years old.
Bicycle Accidents in California
Even at seemingly low speeds, a collision between a bicycle and a car can be devastating, catastrophic or even fatal. After any kind of car accident or bicycle accident, it’s essential to speak with a personal injury attorney about your claim. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident in or around the San Diego or Central Coast areas, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.