Car accidents certainly happen more often than bike accidents, but that doesn’t mean that we should worry about the safety of bicyclists less. In fact, given the vulnerable nature of bicyclists out on the road, we should care about their safety even more. Bike accidents often result in serious injuries, or even fatal injuries, for the bicyclist. Without all of the safety features and upgrades that cars have, people who travel by bike are at an inherent disadvantage out on the road.
We say all of this in light of a bunch of bicycle accident data that shows just how serious the bike safety problem is. In 2006, there were 772 deaths in bike accidents. But in 2015, that number jumped up to 818 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That’s a 6 percent increase in bike accident fatalities over that 10-year period.
Injuries also showed remarkable increases over this time. In 2006, bike accident injuries totaled 44,000, but by 2014 that number was up to 50,000. It was brought back down to around 45,000 in 2015.
All told, according to the National Safety Council, bike injuries and accidents cost roughly $4 billion per year. There is both a financial and personal need to effectively address bike safety.
The bike population in Los Angeles is immense, and everyone who gets out on their bicycles needs to be safe out there. Should the worst happen, it behooves the bicyclist involved to consult with an experienced attorney.
Source: Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center, “Bicycling,” Accessed Dec. 29, 2017