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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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