Cities across America will probably continue to encourage their residents to ride bikes. After all, cycling is good for the health of the rider and good for the environment, but cars are not going anywhere. In fact, the coronavirus pandemic has increased the demand for cars–just look at used car prices. Unfortunately, cars and bicycles often don’t share the road in peace; this fact, quite often, manifests into cyclist suffering catastrophic injuries or even dying.
We previously looked at five surprising facts about bicycle crashes, here we’ll look at five more.
- It’s sad but true that cyclist deaths are on the rise. Cyclist fatalities rose 38% from 2010 to 2018.
- Sixty-one percent of bicyclists killed in 2018 were not wearing helmets. Helmet use was unknown for 24 percent of the 2018 deaths.
- The great majority of people who die in bike crashes in the US are men. In 2018, 84% of deaths were male riders. Between 1975 and 2018, women never made up greater than a 25% share of bike fatalities.
- In 2018, between the hours of 6 and 9 pm, 21% of the crashes that resulted in cyclist deaths occurred. These were the peak hours for such crashes.
- In 2018, September was the month with the most fatal bicycle crashes, while March was the month with the least. More than double the number of crashes occurred in September, compared to March.
Many of the surprising facts about bike crashes may offer hints into how we can keep ourselves safe as we ride our bikes.
However, if you or a loved one has been involved in a bike crash 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.