Q How dangerous has bike riding become? Should I be concerned for my family’s safety?
Although bikes don’t possess motors and aren’t allowed on highways, Missouri bicycle laws dictate that when bicycles are not ridden on sidewalks, which is only permissible outside of business districts, they must follow the standard rules of the road. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), when on roadways, bicycles are considered vehicles with all the rights and responsibilities of any other vehicle. Despite NHTSA’s efforts to increase awareness of bicycle safety, recent research suggests bike safety is rapidly rolling downhill.
Bicycle Deaths Increase as Traffic Fatalities Decrease
In recent years, traffic accident deaths have been declining. However, this isn’t the case for traffic-related bicycle accidents. In fact, the percentage of bicycle fatalities has been slowly but steadily growing. The following statistics, taken from the most recent research on bicycle accidents from NHTSA, illustrates the consistent rise of bicycle deaths over a ten-year compared to traffic fatalities:
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Bike Fatalities Out of Total
When Statistics Become Real: Accident Safety and Help
After more than 34 years of experience representing bike accident victims, we know the importance of safety. The next time you decide to take your bike out for a ride, make sure you’re taking the proper safety precautions (helmet, pads, etc.) as well as following all traffic and pedestrian laws. Remember, your bike is considered a vehicle and is subject to all traffic and safety laws.
However, protecting yourself isn’t always enough to prevent a tragedy. If you or a loved one has already been injured in a bicycle accident, you may deserve compensation. Contact us for more information about your rights. We’re so confident that our experience and knowledge can work for you, that the consultation is free. Don’t hesitate—call now to ensure you get the settlement you deserve.
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