At the national level and within New York, bicyclists are being injured
or killed at an alarming rate while riding on public roadways. The problem
is such a concern that governments sponsor research so that the phenomenon
is better understood. Knowing the chances of injury may help you better
prepare for keeping yourself safe from a
Kingston bicycle accident. The following information should help you understand how your risk of
injury will in many ways relate to your age, gender, the places in which
you ride, and the time of day in which you pedal.
According to national statistics from 2012, there were 726 cyclist fatalities, 69% of which occurred in urban centers.
Only 30% occurred at intersections. The most common time of the day was
from 4pm to 8pm, with 24% of accidents occurring during that time. Another
24% occurred from 8pm to midnight. Thus, almost 50% of cyclist fatalities
that year occurred in the late afternoon to evening hours when people
left work for the day and went home.
The average age of a cyclist killed on the road was 43 years in 2012. Those
aged 45 to 54 had the highest fatality rate. Note, however, that injury
rates were highest for children aged 10 to 15.
Male riders comprised the overwhelming majority of bicyclists killed in
2012; 634 out of the total 726. Of those injured, 39,000 out of the 49,000
were male as well.
When determining the causes of accidents, alcohol is always looked at to
see its contribution.
Alcohol was reported to have been a factor in 37% of all bicyclist fatalities in 2012.
According to New York State statistics in 2012, 45 cyclists lost their
lives in New York that year. And there were 5,929 bicyclists injured during
that year. Of those, 10% sustained serious injuries. Friday was the most
dangerous day of the week for bicyclists, and Sunday was the least. The
3pm to 6pm time period saw the greatest amount of injuries and nearly
half of all bicyclist injuries occurred in between 3pm and 9pm.
Of these statistics, 98.3% of all bicycle crashes involved a single vehicle.
The three largest contributing factors to these accidents were: pedestrian/bicyclist
confusion at 29.2%; failure to yield the right-of-way at 23.7%; and driver
inattention at 21.9%.
Male bicyclists aged 45 to 49 were the largest age group to be involved
in a roadway crash at 7% of the total accidents. However, those males
aged 10 to 29 represented 14% of all the fatalities. Females aged 25-29
had the most accidents among all females and the highest number of fatalities
in the female category.
Are you interested in learning more about bicycle accidents and the law?
Find out more in the latest article by our experienced bicyclist accident
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