Each year, many people are permanently injured or even killed in a bicycle accident. These crashes occur in many different ways and in Orange County, and other cities in California, many of them take place on roads and involve vehicles. For bicyclists, as well as those who drive cars and other vehicles, taking all steps to avoid a collision is essential. Moreover, bicyclists may benefit from going over statistics which shed more light on these accidents and reveal how prevalent bicycle accidents actually are.
During 2014, a majority of bicyclist fatalities occurred in an urban location. Moreover, 88 percent were male, most of whom were aged 20 to 24 years old. Furthermore, more bicyclist fatalities took place from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. in comparison to other times of day and night. However, it is essential to remember that people from a variety of age groups and those who ride bikes at all times of day and night may lose their lives in an accident.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that bike accidents cost $10 billion worth of lost productivity and medical expenses, according to information from 2010. Furthermore, when it comes to fatal bicycle accidents, data from 2015 shows that 37 percent involved alcohol. In some cases, the driver of a vehicle was under the influence, while others involved bicyclists who were intoxicated. Bicyclists should recognize the potential risks they face on the road. Sadly, many of these accidents happen due to irresponsible drivers and there is little bicyclists could have done to avoid the crash.