Accident Statistics: Intersection Dangers
In 2008, 52,000 people were injured and 716 died in bicycle accidents nationwide, according to statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In Georgia, 20 cyclists lost their lives in 2008 in bicycle accidents. These statistics indicate that cyclists between the ages of 35 and 54 had the most fatalities (270 fatalities), followed by bicyclists 55 years and older (179 fatalities). The average age of a bicyclist killed in the United States was 41 years old.
The statistics also indicate that bicyclists between 16 and 34 years old had the highest number of injuries (20,000 injuries), followed by children under the age of 15 years old (13,000 injuries). The average age of an injured bicyclist was 31 years old. Other statistics show that alcohol contributed to 37% of all 2008 bicycle fatalities. Interestingly, the fatal bicycle crashes were mainly urban (69%) and at intersections (64%).
Bicycle Accidents and the Dangers of Intersections
Intersections should be safe due to traffic signals, yet they signal lights that make everyone take turns; however, have been known to be deadly for bicyclists is because drivers tend not to look both ways before making a right hand turn. They know to look out for other drivers, but often fail to watch out for bicycles or pedestrians. This typically results in cutting a bicyclist off, which can result in an accident and get run over.
Drivers who run red lights also lend danger to seemingly safe intersections, leading to Atlanta bicycle accidents. When a driver runs a red light and crashes into a bicyclist crossing the street, the cyclist could sustain catastrophic injuries or even die due to the high speed of the vehicle.
When a bicycle accident in Atlanta involves a vehicle, it has the potential to turn deadly. If you have lost a loved one in an Atlanta bicycle crash, then you need to turn to someone who has experience handling these types of cases. Call (404) 907-1594 to receive a free consultation with a knowledgeable Atlanta bicycle accident lawyer at Kalka & Baer LLC.
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