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Bicycle deaths statistics increase for adults over 20

According to a new study, more and more bicyclists are dying on United States roadways. Most of these fatal accidents are happening to specific population demographics. According to the study, annual bicycle death statistics grew by 16 percent from 2010 to 2012. Meanwhile, car-related fatalities rose by only 1 percent.

The ex-chief scientist for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety completed the study. He said that 84 percent of the bicycle deaths involved adults who were 20 years of age and older. This is in stark contrast to 1975, when only 21 percent of bicycle deaths involved this demographic.

Compared to 1975, more bicycle fatalities are happening in urban areas. In 1975, only 50 percent of bicycle fatalities happened in urban environments, but now, it is 69 percent. This is probably because bicycle commuter numbers have increased by 62 percent since 2000. Approximately two-thirds of the bicyclists killed in accidents in 2012 were not using helmets. Twenty-eight percent of deceased accident victims who were over the age of 16 had blood alcohol levels of 0.08 percent or more. The research scientist who conducted the study said that the figures relating to bicycle deaths and inebriation levels does not mirror the decline in motor vehicle DUI deaths that occurred in the 1980's and 1990's.

Pennsylvania residents who have relatives that died in a bicycle accident may want to investigate the nature of the accident, how it occurred and whether another person or business was at fault for the accident. A wrongful death claim could be filed against parties responsible for a bicyclist's death. Responsible parties could be a motor vehicle driver, a business that employed the driver or another entity that committed negligence that caused the fatality.

Source: Governors Highway Safety Association, "Bicyclist Fatalities a Growing Problem for Key Groups" Dec. 21, 2014

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