Every year, bicycle accidents claim the lives of hundreds of people, resulting in wrongful deaths.
In addition, thousands of bicycle riders each year sustain injuries, ranging from mild to severe. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 716 bicyclists were killed in the United States and another 52,000 were injured in traffic accidents in 2008 alone. The NHTSA reports that bicyclists accounted for 2 percent of all traffic fatalities.
Similar to motorcyclists, bicyclists are vulnerable on the roads. Despite wearing helmets and reflective clothing, a bicycle rider can sustain serious injuries when struck by a car or truck.
A bicycle accident can happen in an instant. Bicycle accidents can occur as a result of the following situations:
- Car turns directly in front of a bicyclist
- Bicyclist is struck by a motorist who runs a stop light or stop sign
- A distracted driver, such as someone sending a text message, fails to see the bike
- A drunk driver swerves into a bicyclist