State Bicycle Accident Statistics
Across the country, 726 bicyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes, and another 50,000 were injured in 2014. As high as these statistics are, they represent the first decrease in fatalities in over three years, and account for about 2 percent of all fatalities and injuries in these types of crashes, though bicycling accounts for only one percent of road trips in the United States. The statistics for bicycle motor vehicle accidents may be skewed, as, according to PedBikeInfo.org, the number of injury crashes actually reported to police could be as low as 10 percent.
Part of the issue with bicycle crash data is the lack of exposure data, i.e., how many miles cyclists cover, how long it takes them to cover that distance, and how long they are exposed to vehicle traffic.
What is evident from data is that nationally, 45-year-old males have the highest risks for fatal accidents. In fact, 88 percent of cycle fatalities were males, and the average age of accident victim has climbed from 24 in 1988 to 45 in 2014.
The number of cyclists killed in any given state varies widely, from 139 in Florida to zero in Vermont. Click your state below to see how well local policies and designs are protecting cyclists from motor vehicle traffic.