Statistics for Bicycle Accidents

Our San Jose Bike Accident Attorneys Give the Facts

The following bicycle accident statistics are summarized from a variety of sources: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Children's Safety Network, and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.

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From 2008

  • Bicyclist deaths in 2008: 716
  • Bicyclist injuries in 2008: 52,000
  • Alcohol was involved in 37% of bicyclist deaths in 2008.
  • Bicyclist head injuries requiring trips to the E.R.: approximately 150,000 per year
  • Head injuries account for over 60% of bicycle fatalities.

In 2007, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission reported in their "Product Related Injury Report" that there were 515,871 injuries related to bicycles and accessories.

Bicycle Accidents Caused by Negligence

Individuals who operate motor vehicles are responsible for safely navigating the roads they share with cyclists. It is the unfortunate truth that in the majority of bicycle accidents, the negligence of a motor vehicle driver is the direct cause of bicycle accidents.

Common driver errors include:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Pulling out of a driveway or parking lot in front of a bicyclist
  • Failing to yield
  • Ignoring a traffic signal or sign
  • Opening a car door in front of a bicyclist
  • Merging into the path of a bicyclist
  • Forcing a cyclist off the road

Cyclist errors include:

  • Failing to yield
  • Merging or turning into the path of a motorist
  • Not wearing protective safety gear

Environmental factors also contribute to bicycle accidents:

  • Dangerous road conditions
  • Poor lighting
  • Potholes, road debris, or tree branches
  • Dog attacks

Local resources for Northern California Bicyclists:

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, our experienced attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP have helped many clients throughout Northern California. We are recognized as a leader in personal injury litigation because we are dedicated to aggressively fighting for our clients' rights. Call our office today for a free case evaluation so that you will know your legal options: (800) 900-0863.

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