Two People Die Every Day in a Bicycle Accident
Nearly two people die every day while they are riding their bicycle and are hit by a car. This totaled to 726 people who lost their lives in 2012, representing over two percent of all those killed and injured on the road, and yet only one percent of all road trips each year are on a bicycle, which shows how dangerous cycling can be.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that in 2012, 88 percent of those killed were male and that nearly two thirds of bicyclist fatalities happened in an urban area. Riding a bicycle should be a safe and healthy pastime, but many factors can lead to accidents. Riding at night is more dangerous than during the day, especially if the bicycle and the rider are not well illuminated, with nearly a third of fatalities happening between 4.00p.m. and 8.00 p.m. And alcohol too plays a part with nearly a quarter of those killed having a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.
According to the 2012 National Survey on Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behaviors nearly a third of all of the injuries happen when bicyclists are hit by cars. In the case of teen Brett McDaniel, he was riding his bicycle when an ambulance hit and killed him.
An Illinois jury awarded $1.2 million to the family of Brett McDaniel, age 13, who was hit and killed by an ambulance in 2007 while riding his bicycle. Just like many children he was riding his bicycle not too far from his home when a speeding ambulance hit him. The ambulance was not using its light or its siren and although Brett was immediately taken to hospital, he died. His family sued and won $2 million which was reduced by 40% due to contributory negligence.
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