Bicycle Fatalities and Injuries Indicate the Need for Safety Education
Statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate a need for better bicycle safety education in the U.S. Although the number of bicyclist fatalities decreased from 2008, there were still 630 bicyclist fatalities in 2009. Additionally, 51,000 bicyclists sustained injuries in 2009, an increase of more than 8,000 injuries when compared to statistics from 2008.
Bicycle accidents affect riders of all age groups. Even though the average age of a bicyclist killed on U.S. roads was 41, children and teens account for a number of fatalities and injuries. In 2009, 93 bicyclists under the age of 15 were killed and 13,000 were injured. Children ages 5 to 15 accounted for one-seventh of all the bicyclist fatalities in the same year.
The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute recommends that every cyclist wear a helmet made from foam impact materials, as these materials direct the energy of an impact away from the skull. Cyclists should check their helmets regularly to make sure there is no missing or damaged foam. Parents should regularly check to make sure their children’s helmets fit properly.
Cyclists should also inspect their equipment regularly to identify possible hazards. Add air to bicycle tires when needed and test the brakes before taking your bike out on the road. All cyclists should wear reflective clothing at any time of the day or night. Even if you can see a driver, the driver may not always see you. Taking these precautions can prevent bicycle fatalities and injuries.
Serious injuries and accidents are costly to treat, especially if the accident victim needs ongoing physical rehabilitation services. A bicycle accident attorney in Mesa at The Breyer Law Offices, P.C. helps families recover the money needed to pay hospital bills and other expenses associated with bicycle accidents. If you or someone you love were injured in an Arizona bicycle accident, contact us for help. Call 602-457-6222 so one of our experienced lawyers can review your case.