In 2012, 726 lost their lives in bicycle/motor vehicle crashes, just under two people every day of the year in the U.S. While lower than the 732 fatalities in 2001, this number represents an increase from the 682 bicyclist fatalities reported in 2011.
These numbers represent just over two percent of the total number of people killed and injured in traffic crashes in 2012.
The number of estimated bicyclist injuries climbed to 49,000 in 2012, up from 48,000 in 2011. Injuries have hovered around 50,000 in recent years with 52,000 injuries in 2008, 51,000 in 2009, and 52,000 again in 2010. However, these figures have not always been so steady. Injuries totaled 68,000 in 1993 and slowly fell to 41,000 in 2003, only to rise again. Like walking injury figures, research into hospital records shows that only a fraction of bicycle crashes causing injury are ever recorded by the police, possibly as low as ten percent.
Pedestrian and Bicyclist Crash Statistics
In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians and 726 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts).
Here are more facts and figures on pedestrian and bicycle crashes:
Pedestrians in 2012, 4,743 people were killed in pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes, more than 12 people every day of the year. To view the report click here. Though the number of pedestrian fatalities fell from 4,901 in 2001 to 4,743 in 2012, there were 76,000 reported pedestrian injuries in 2012; nearly one injury every 7 minutes.
Pedestrian injuries had been on a downward trend for the past two decades, and slightly increased in 2012. Furthermore, we know from research into hospital records that only a fraction of pedestrian crashes that cause injury are ever recorded by the police.
Without a bicycle accident attorney on your side many of your rights could be violated. Furthermore, the more time that passes the more likely it is that evidence or witnesses that could help your defense will disappear. For these reasons we urge you to contact the attorneys at The Law Offices of Lopez & Humphries, P.A. are experienced Largo Bicycle Accident attorneys. We will explore ALL possible motions and defenses and aggressively fight for your rights. Call (863) 774-3573 for a free case evaluation.