During the pandemic, many people have rediscovered the joy of cycling. I personally love to ride my bike. There are few recreational activities I enjoy more. However, even I’d admit there is a significant issue with cycling. The issue is that, while being an activity that provides many health benefits, cycling can be dangerous–even deadly.
Here we’ll look at five surprising facts about cycling crashes.
- In the United States, each year, many cyclists die. In 2018, for example, over 854 cyclists in the US were killed in crashes with motor vehicles.
- The great majority–nearly 80%–of these cyclist deaths occurred in urban areas. Historically, things were different. In 1975, cyclist deaths occurred about equally in rural and urban areas.
- According to one study, 37% of cyclist deaths involved alcohol, either consumed by a motorist or cyclist.
- For every cyclist death in the US, there are about 550 injuries. In 2015, there were almost 467,000 bicycle-related injuries in the US.
- Data from 2010 show fatal and non-fatal crash-related injuries to bicyclists resulted in lifetime medical costs and productivity losses of $10 billion.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bike accident in Maryland, you may have questions about your legal options. If you have not yet started a lawsuit and are contemplating bringing one, I encourage you to contact me today. I can answer your legal questions and would love to talk with you. You can reach me at 410-513-9978 or by email at email@example.com.