Atlanta Bicycle Crashes Caused by Drunk Driving

Bicycle accidents in Atlanta and throughout the country occur due to the consumption of alcohol either by a cyclist or the driver of a motor vehicle. Although everyone knows that drunk driving is dangerous, it still occurs more often than it should.

In 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released traffic facts about 2009 bicycle injuries and fatalities. This information is the most current and includes:

  • 630 cyclists were killed in 2009 on U.S. roads;
  • Cyclist fatalities accounted for 2% of all traffic deaths;
  • 74 bicycle riders killed were age 14 or younger;
  • 51,000 cyclists were injured in traffic accidents.

Some facts on 2008 bicycle crashes that NHTSA released in 2010 include:
  • 41 is the average age for bicyclists killed in bicycle accidents;
  • 31 is the average age a bicyclist is injured in a cycling accident;
  • 93 bicyclists killed were 15 and under;
  • 13,000 cyclists injured were 15 and under;
  • 168 bicyclists were killed and 20,000 were injured who were 16 to 34 years old;
  • 270 cyclists were killed and 13,000 injured between the ages of 35 and 54;
  • 179 bicyclists were killed and 6,000 injured who were older than 55.

Alcohol involvement statistics include:
  • 23% (one fourth) of the cyclists killed were drunk and had BACs over 0.08%;
  • 37% of cyclists' deaths were the result of alcohol involvement.

If your Atlanta bicycle crash occurred due to a drunk driver or another's negligence, you may have the right to pursue a personal injury claim to get compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, and more.

Categories: Cycling Accidents