Every
Life
Matters



Around 33,000 people die in car
crashes in America each year, and
1 in 40 are bicyclists.

Bicyclist
Death Rate

For the past 20 years, the bicycle collision
stats have been steady, and the number is
still significant.


People Are Losing Their Loved Ones

The ghost bikes on the streets and despair of the victims’ friends and family members remind us that every life matters.

Who's Involved?

As shown on the demographics of bicycle accident victims, riders who are white, male, or of age 25 to 64 are most common.

Accident Rates

As shown in the graph, there is a trend in warmer seasons, middle of the week, and between 6 pm to 9 pm when more bicyclists ride and accident rates go higher.

Why Do They Happen?

Bicycle accidents are mainly caused by car collisions, but also by things like distraction, bad road condition, and animal interruptions.

Common
Car and Bike Collisions

One of the main causes for bicycle accident injuries is car collision. Here are top 4 most common car and bicycle collision scenarios.

Drive Out

Bicyclist is irrelevant or hidden by sight obstructions on the edge of the road.



How to avoid:

- Get a headlight
- Wave
- Slow down
- Ride further left

Left Cross

Bicyclist is irrelevant or screened by passing motoriests, or driver underestimating bicyclist's speed.



How to avoid:

- Don't ride on the sidewalk
- Get a headlight
- Wear something bright at anytime of the day
- Don't pass on the right
- Slow down

Side Swipe

Motorist underestimates space needed to pass safely and squeezes by within the lane.



How to avoid:

- Use rear-view mirrors to see if anyone is coming up behind



Right Hook

Bicyclist is irrelevant, or motorist underestimates bicyclist's speed and distance needed to past.



How to avoid:

- Don't ride on the sidewalk
- Ride on the left
- Glance in your mirror before approaching an intersection

Common Injuries

There are many injuries that can occur from a bicycle accident. Out of many, here are the top four common injuries that happen from bicycle accidents.

Deadliest
vs Safest States

On per capita basis, Florida recorded an annual average of about 5.7 cyclist deaths per million residents, by far the most of any state. The national bicyclist death rate for 2012 was approximately 2.3 deaths per million.

Why Are Some Safer?

Washington ranks number 1 out of top 4 states like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Delaware based on each categories as shown on right. The graph represents success in effectiveness of each category in percentage.

You Can Be Safer, Too.

Some accidents are inevitable, but there are always some things that you can do to protect yourself and stay safer.

Wear A Helmet

Helmets provide a 66% to 88% reduction in the risk of head, brain and severe brain injury for all ages of bicyclists


Stay Informed

Learn how you can prevent getting hit or any posibility of collision in many different situations here: http://www.bicycle-touring-guide.com/bicycle-accident-prevention/


Handle It

Read this resourceful article that tells you how to handle a bicycle accident if it happened. Read here: http://www.active.com/cycling/articles/how-to-handle-a-bike-accident-with-a-vehicle/