Q Who is most at risk for getting into a bicycle accident?
Although anyone who gets on a bicycle is at risk for getting into an accident, some are more prone than others. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), hundreds of riders are killed every year because of accidents.
In fact, in 2012, 726 bicyclists were killed—that’s almost two people every day! In the same year, 49,000 people were injured in bicycle vs. motor vehicle crashes, and these are just the accidents that are reported to police—many more occur without the authorities knowing.
Are You at Risk for Serious Injuries in a Crash?
Every time you hop on your bike, you put yourself in danger of getting into an accident. Even the best safety equipment can only protect you from so much, so it is in your best interest to know the hazards you face, and what puts you at risk. The following are the main risk categories:
- Your age. Older bikers tend to get into accidents more than younger riders do. This may be because older riders feel more experienced so they are more comfortable riding faster and taking more risks. Additionally, younger riders may bike in groups, making them more visible to vehicles.
- Your gender. According to NHTSA study findings, males are more likely to become involved in crashes than females. In fact, in 2012, 88 percent of bikers who were fatally injured were male.
- Where and when you ride. It may make sense that more accidents occur in urban areas at night. After all, urban areas are generally more populated and have more motor vehicles than non-urban areas do, and visibility is compromised at night for both bicyclists and motorists.
We Are Here to Help
Being in a high-risk group doesn’t mean you are any less entitled to compensation if you are injured through someone else’s carelessness. The attorneys of the Morton Law Offices understand the difficulties bicycle injuries create, and we want to help. If you were the victim of a bicycle accident in the Boise area, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation. Contact us today to learn more.