Bicycle Accident Statistics

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Updated May 29, 2019

Spring has officially sprung, and we’ve experienced record heat for this time of year. Not only does that mean flowers have bloomed, but it also means that more bicyclists have gotten an early start on exercising and commuting to and from work.¬†

Indianapolis currently has 64 miles of bike lanes. Within the next few years, Indianapolis hopes to increase that number to more than 200 miles. Realistically, the increase in bike lanes means more bicycles on our roadways.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

Bicycle accidents can be severe. Take note of the following statistics:

  • Injuries on bicycles result in 580,000 emergency room visits every year
  • Bicycle deaths in 2010 totaled 618
  • 91 percent of bicyclists killed were not wearing helmets
  • Total cost of bicycle injury and death is over $4 billion per year

Bicycle Safety Tips

To stay safe while riding a bike, make sure you wear a helmet. Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent. When driving near a bicycle lane, maintain a safe driving distance of at least 3 feet when passing.

In closing, to be as safe as possible, wear a helmet and stay alert at all times. It would also be a good idea to leave your headphones at home so you’re able to hear traffic noise and sirens. For motorists, be extra cautious and remember to double and triple check before entering or exiting a roadway.

¬†Wilson Kehoe Winingham brings you this information with best regards for you and your family’s safety.

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