NHTSA’s Bicycle Safety Campaign
With more people taking to the streets on their bicycles during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s really important to talk about ways to improve safety for riders. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Roll Model” campaign is all about teaching bicycle riders and motorists how to be better community members on roadways throughout the U.S. From riding and driving safely to knowing the rules of the road and sharing the road, these are essential skills for all roadway users.
What it Means to be a “Roll Model”
Above all, being a “Roll Model” means making a commitment to staying focused. Whether you’re behind the wheel or behind the handlebars, you need to remain alert and focused. Never ride or drive distracted. Make sure to put safety first too! If you’re a cyclist, wear a helmet. If you’re a motorist, buckle up. Cyclists and motorists should always know and obey all of the rules of the road too. Finally, show mutual respect for one another and always “Share The Road.”
U.S. Bicycle Crash Facts
- In 2018, there were 857 cyclist deaths in the U.S.
- Cyclist deaths accounted for 2.3 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2018.
- 79 percent of cyclists who were killed in crashes in 2018 were in urban areas.
- Over the 10-year period from 2009 to 2018, the average age of cyclists killed in motor vehicle crashes increased from 41 to 47.
- The cyclist fatality rate per million people was seven times higher for males than females and the injury rate was five times higher for males than females in 2018.
Central Coast Bicycle Accidents
Without the added protection of being enclosed in a large metal vehicle, cyclists are particularly vulnerable in collisions. Even with helmets and other safety gear, a car versus bicycle accident can leave a cyclist in the hospital or worse. Always remember that the first step in improving safety for cyclists, motorists and all other roadway users is a commitment to distraction-free riding and driving.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.