Most recent statistics for a bicycle accident show rider risks

There are numerous benefits for people in Minnesota who choose to ride a bicycle instead of driving a car. In addition to the exercise, it helps the environment and can save money as well. That, however, does not eliminate the jeopardy people place themselves in when they are on a bicycle. The most recent statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate the causes and effects of a bicycle accident.

743 people died while engaging in this activity in 2013 and an estimated 48,000 were injured when involved in a crash with a motor vehicle. Of all traffic deaths, a bicyclist was in 2 percent of them. That was an increase of 1 percent from 2012, and a 19 percent increase since 2010. Urban areas were significantly more dangerous to riders than rural areas with 68 percent of the fatal accidents happening in urban locales. 57 percent happened at non-intersections. More than half happened between 3:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. The safest time for bicycle riders was between midnight and 5:59 a.m. with 5 percent of the accidents happening during that time.

The average age of bicyclists who died in traffic accidents was 44. The highest rate of fatality occurred in people age 55 to 59. The highest injury rate was for people between the ages of 20 and 24. 7 percent of fatalities involved children under the age of 15, while 11 percent of those injured were below that age. 87 percent of those killed were male. 83 percent of those injured were male. For its part, Minnesota had 387 accidents and six fatalities.

Often, a lack of bike awareness is the cause of a bicycle accident. Regardless of the reason, a bike crash can cause severe injuries to the rider, or even result in a fatality. Those who are involved in an accident while riding a bicycle need to be aware of the medical costs and long-term damage they might face. Discussing the facts surrounding the accident with a legal professional can be beneficial to pursuing a case.