Crash statistics show that cyclists are more susceptible to injury than ever before. A June 2019 report from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) revealed a preliminary projection of 2018 fatal accident statistics. The total number of 2018 fatalities (36,750) was down about 1% from 37,133 fatalities in 2017. Although the official report for 2018 will not be out until later this year, the number of cyclist deaths is projected to increase by 10% from 2017 numbers.
The NHTSA published a Traffic Safety Facts fact sheet publication in June 2019 which also shed light on key data we have from 2017 accident reports. The report is viewable here. Major takeaways from 2017 data involving bicyclists:
- In 2017, 2.1% of all U.S. traffic fatalities (783) were cyclists.
- 75% of fatal bicycle accidents occurred in rural areas.
- Alcohol was a factor in 37% of all fatal bicycle accidents.
- The cyclist fatality rate in 2017 was 8 times higher for males than females.
The fact sheet also included a breakdown of fatalities by US Cities with populations of 500,000 or greater. Columbus, OH was one of the cities with the lowest fatality rates (1.14 bicyclist fatalities per 1 million people). This is in stark contrast to high fatality rate cities Phoenix (8.61 bicyclist fatalities per 1 million people) and Sacramento (5.98 bicyclist fatalities per 1 million people).
Although cycling accidents in Ohio occur at lower rates than other cities, they still occur frequently, both in rural and urban settings. While the NHTSA provides statistics for fatal accidents, many accidents occur that result in serious personal injuries, including devastating spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. When accidents are caused by negligent motor vehicle drivers, injured cyclists may be entitled to compensation in a personal injury claim.
Our lawyers are passionate about helping bicycle accident victims and advocating for cycling safety on the Ohio streets we share with our community. Insurance companies know that we fight for our clients and recover maximum settlements, and will take cases to trial if needed. As one of the top Ohio personal injury law firms, we aim to provide our clients with the best representation possible, and recover nothing less than full and fair compensation.
If you’ve been injured in a cycling accident, or if a loved one has died, we welcome your call to discuss your potential case and answer your questions. In your free consultation, one of our Ohio bicycle accident attorneys will explain the steps necessary to preserve evidence, and pursue a claim. We provide our legal services without any fees upfront. As part of our contingency fee agreement, there are never any fees unless we recover money for you. Our team is available seven days a week to take your call at 877-706-6446.