National Bicycle Accident Statistics | Maryland & Virginia Bicycle Accident Injury Attorneys

How serious a problem are bike accidents and bike accident injuries in the United States? Unfortunately, it is all too common, with roughly half a million accidents taking place each ear and with over 20,000 bike accidents resulting in hospital stays and serious injuries. Below are a few recent bike accidents facts and statistics:

  • Each year, an estimated 67,000 cyclists visit an emergency room with a bicycle accident head injury.
  • In 2008, 716 people were killed in bicycle accidents in the United States. This number is a slight increase from 2007.
  • A biker not wearing a helmet is 14 times more likely to die in a bicycle accident.
  • Experts estimate that between 50 and 80 percent of all bike accident brain injuries could be avoided if all cyclists wore helmets.
  • A bike rider is killed every six hours in the United States.
  • The majority of people killed in bicycle accidents are male. The average age of a bike accident victim is 40.
  • According to the National Survey of Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behavior, only 50 percent of cyclists wear their helmets occasionally and only 35 percent wear their helmets at all times.
  • Three out of four fatal bicycle accidents involve deadly head injuries.
  • Car and bike collisions only account for one out of three bicycle accidents, but account for a majority of cyclist fatalities.
  • Roughly 15 percent of all bike rider fatalities are victims under the age of 16.
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