Bicycle Safety (cont.)
Characteristics of Accident Victims
- Most bicycle injuries occur to boys aged 10-14 years.
- Although safety education often focuses on children, older bicyclists must remember that almost 70% of bicycle deaths involve adults.
- Men account for almost 90% of all bicycle deaths, seven times higher than rates for women.
- In analyzing who is at fault for a collision, officials found the bicyclist responsible in half the cases and the motorist responsible in about one-third. The remaining cases were attributed to both parties.
- Younger cyclists who are not familiar with rules of the road are far more likely to cause and be involved in a serious accident. Some advocate that children younger than eight years of age should not be allowed
to ride a bicycle on public roads.
- Statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reveal that most bicycle deaths occur between June through September, and between the hours of 6-9 p.m.
- The risk of sustaining an injury in non-daylight conditions is four times greater than during daytime.
- Nearly half of bicycle-motor vehicle crashes occurred at night or during low-light conditions when motorists had trouble seeing cyclists.
- Bicycle deaths occur almost equally throughout the weekdays and weekends.
- More bicyclists are killed in urban areas than rural areas.
- Sixty percent of bicycle deaths in 2006 occurred on major roads
- One-third of bicycle deaths occurred at intersections.
- One-third of bicyclist fatalities occur on roads with speed limits of 55 mph or higher.
- Typically, bicycle-motorist crashes occur within one mile of the bicyclist's home.
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