Wrongful Bicycle Accident Deaths Increase
On Monday, October 27th, the Governors Highway Safety Association released a survey showing that, between 2010 and 2012, bicycle accident deaths rose 16% in the US, after dropping steadily since 1975.
More people in the United States are using bicycles as a regular form of transportation, which means there are more cyclists on the road than in previous decades. Bicycle accident deaths caused by a collision between a bike and a car account for 2% of all deaths involving motor vehicles nationwide. California leads the country in bicycle accident deaths, with 5% of traffic accident fatalities involving a cyclist and a car; Florida came in second, with 4%.
Nationally, bicycle accident deaths jumped from 621 in 2010, to 680 in 2011, to 722 in 2012 – the last year data was available. Six states – California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Michigan, and Texas, in that order – accounted for 54% of all bicycle accident deaths in the two year period.
The report observed that “roads were built to accommodate motor vehicles with little concern for pedestrians and bicyclists. Integrating motor vehicles and bicycles in already-built environments presents challenges.”
“The report is just another sad reminder of how vulnerable people are when they ride a bike,” said Jim Merrell, campaign director for the Active Transportation Alliance, a Chicago-based organization that says it aims to make biking, walking and public transportation safer.
“These are high-population states with many urban centers and likely reflect a high level of bicycle exposure and interaction with motor vehicles,” said Dr. Allan Williams, the report’s author and a former chief scientist for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Although the increase in bicycle accident fatalities is shocking, the numbers are still lower than the current worst year on record – 1975, in which 1,003 cyclists died in traffic accidents.
Bicycle Accident Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuits in South Carolina
Unfortunately, injuries from bicycle accidents are very common. Negligent drivers send several hundred thousand cyclists to the hospital every year. Some cyclists protect themselves by wearing a helmet, using a camera like a GoPro to film potential accidents, and obeying traffic laws, but sometimes that is not enough to prevent serious personal injury from a bicycle accident.
South Carolina bicycle accidents most often lead to:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head trauma, including traumatic brain injury
- Road rash
- And sometimes death
Whether were hit in a crosswalk, intersection, or on the road by a car following too closely, distracted driving, aggressive driving or failure to yield the right of way, the South Carolina personal injury accident lawyers at the Strom Law Firm, LLC will fight to secure fair compensation for your injuries.
If a loved one is severely injured or dies as a result of the negligence, reckless, or intentional conduct of another, you may be entitled to bring a claim for wrongful death. A wrongful death lawsuit filed asserts a claim against a person who can be held legally responsible for a death. Surviving family members may be entitled to damages; money that can help with the expenses caused by the loss of their loved one.
The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Bicycle Accident Personal Injury Cases
If you are unsure of your rights, as a driver, pedestrian, or bicyclist, and you or a loved one have been injured or killed in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, emotional damages, or funeral costs. The experienced lawyers at Strom Law, LLC, can help. Please contact us for a free consultation regarding your personal injury case. 803.252.4800.