Types of Bicycle Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 726 bicyclists were killed on U.S. roadways in 2014, and another 50,000 were injured. Not surprisingly, 96 percent of these accidents involved a single-vehicle, and 44 percent involved a light truck. Further, 68 percent of fatal crashes occurred on urban roadways, and 65 percent occurred at non-intersections. *source
Of all bicycle motor vehicle accidents, bicyclists were impacted by the front of the vehicle in 83 percent of fatal crashes, except those involving large trucks. In about 50 percent of bike/large truck accidents, the front of the vehicle contacted the cyclists, in 29 percent of these crashes, the impact point was the right side of the truck. *source
Other types of vehicle accidents that are particularly dangerous and all too common are:
- Car door strikes
About one-third of all bike accident injuries involve motor vehicles. Other key injury crash types include:
- Road debris
- Dog chase/animal hazards
- Road defects
- Government responsible accidents
- Bicycle on bicycle
The number of people bicycling as a means of transportation and for recreations is growing, and accidents are decreasing, but not fast enough. There are initiatives in nearly all major city to increase safety for everyone who use public roads such as education and awareness campaigns and increased enforcement. However, even one cyclist death is too many, and we all have work to do before we reach zero preventable bicyclist deaths.
If you have been hurt in a bicycle accident, having to worry about medical costs, bills, daily living costs, and supporting yourself and your family will only slow recovery and healing. Fortunately, financial compensation may be available to you for your injuries, suffering, lost wages, and other damages. Fill out the form for a free consultation and learn more about how to recover compensation for your injuries and losses.