A new report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association states that deaths involving bicycle riders increased across the country by 16% between 2010 and 2012. California out ranks every state in the union in bicycle rider deaths. Over 300 more cyclists were killed by vehicles in California than any other state.
Bike riders account for approximately 4% of motor vehicle deaths in California each year. In addition, cyclist deaths have risen considerably higher than the number of motor vehicle fatalities. Analysts are unable to determine exactly why cyclist deaths have spiked over the past 5 years.
Some experts suspect that there are more people are on the road, now that many cities have attempted to make streets more accessible to bikers. The report does point out that most “roads were built to accommodate motor vehicles with little concern for pedestrians and bicyclists.” Other reasons point to the number of people who still ride without a helmet, or choose to bike while intoxicated. Whatever the case may be, these percentages keep increasing.
With that in mind, it’s important to stay safe and be aware of your surroundings while out for a ride. It is also important to be aware of your legal rights if you or a loved one gets involved in a bike accident.
For more information, contact the Law Office of Rick D. Banks to schedule an appointment today. You can reach us at (559) 222-4891.