The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a variety of resources for parents, guardians and kids about bicycle safety. Parents and guardians are reminded to talk to children about how to stay safe as they ride their bikes. From bicycle helmets and safety gear to rules of the road for big kids, bicycling can be a fun and informative topic of discussion. As the weather warms up and spring break approaches, we can expect to see more kids out on bicycles, so drivers need to be on the lookout too.

Bicycle Crash Stats in The U.S.

·  In 2016, there were 840 cyclist deaths on U.S. roadways.

·  Cyclist deaths accounted for 2.2 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2016.

·  71 percent of cyclists who died in crashes in 2016 died in urban areas.

·  From 2007 to 2016, the average age of cyclist killed in motor vehicle crashes increased from 40 to 46 years old.

·  The cyclist fatality rate per million people was 5.6 times higher for males than females in 2016.

Be a “Roll Model”

Officials with the NHTSA are encouraging bicycle riders and motor vehicle drivers to be “Roll Models.” This means always riding and driving focused. Nobody should ever be driving a car or riding a bicycle distracted. It’s also important to always be prepared to expect the unexpected. Vigilance on the road can help to improve safety for riders and drivers. Bicycle riders of all ages are heartily encouraged to wear bicycle helmets, and cyclists should know and follow the rules of the road. Finally, both cyclists and motor vehicle drivers are reminded to share the road and show mutual respect for one another.

Bicycle Accidents and Injuries in California

Ultimately, bicycle riders are at the mercy of motor vehicle drivers. There’s only so much you can do to protect yourself if a driver is texting behind the wheel. After any kind of bicycle accident involving a dangerous or distracted driver, it’s important to speak with an attorney about your claim.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

 

 

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