Bikes provide very little protection in a crash. Consequently, bicycle accidents can be among the most serious traffic accidents when collisions occur with other vehicles. If a motorist causes a bicycle accident resulting in injury, a Las Vegas bicycle accident attorney can help you or your loved one recover compensation.
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center reported that in reviewing crash data statistics, bicyclists account for only one percent of all trips made in the United States. However, bicycle crashes are two percent of all crash fatalities. This indicates a disproportionate percentage of biker deaths, even though there were no statistics gathered that revealed how many miles bicyclists traveled every year, or how long it took them to cover the miles traveled. In 2010, bicycle fatalities totaled 618 deaths. By comparison, 830 bicycle fatalities occurred in 1995. Bicycle injuries also declined from 61,000 in 1995 to 52,000 in 2010. Other recent bicycle statistics indicated the following:
- Of bicyclists killed in 2009, 87% were male
- Age groups of bicyclists killed broke down into 64% between ages 25 and 64, and 13% killed under age 16 (30% less than in 1998)
- The average age of bicyclists injured in motor vehicle crashes was 31 years old
Following safety precautions when riding a bicycle can help you avoid an accident or possibly even save your life. However, sometimes drivers do not see bicycles or make errors in judgment and accidents occur, despite your implementing safety measures. A bicycle accident attorney in Clark County can protect your rights and help you hold liable parties accountable.
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