The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued their latest traffic safety data sheet on bicyclists and other cyclists. Cyclists continue to be one of the most vulnerable roadway users groups on roadways in California and across the nation. They don’t have the same protections as drivers and passengers in large passenger occupant vehicles. Even with helmets, cyclists can become catastrophically or fatally injured in crashes involving cars and trucks.
U.S. Cyclist Crash Facts
- In 2015, there were 818 cyclists killed on U.S. roadways.
- Cyclist deaths accounted for 2.3 percent of all U.S. traffic crash fatalities in 2015.
- 70 percent of cyclists who died in traffic crashes died in urban areas.
- The cyclist fatality rate per million people was nearly six times higher for men than for women.
- Over a 10-year period, from 2006 to 2015, the average age of cyclist killed in traffic crashes has increased from 41 to 45 years old.
Fatal Crashes Involving Bicycles in California
In 2015, 129 cyclists were killed in traffic crashes in the State of California. Three of those deaths happened in San Diego. Cyclists in California are encouraged to take all available steps to increase their own personal safety when cycling. Wearing protective gear like helmets and gloves is essential. It’s also important to wear high-visibility clothing and have reflectors and flashing lights on your bicycle. Unfortunately, cyclists, like pedestrians and motorcycle riders, are truly at the mercy of larger vehicles on the road.
Share The Road
Motorists in California and around the nation are reminded to refrain from dangerous driving habits like texting, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding or engaging in any other dangerous and negligent behaviors behind the wheel. Cyclists, pedestrians, motorcycle riders and other motorists are counting on you to pay attention to the road and to the task of driving. Taking your attention away from the road, for even a moment to check a text, can turn deadly for a cyclist or other roadway user. The NHTSA wants motorists, cyclists, and all roadway users to Share the Road safely.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a cyclist you love in a bicycle accident in San Diego, the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.