According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicycle accidents account for about 2 percent of all traffic fatalities. Even more, bicyclists are injured. Who is at fault for these accidents, and what really causes them? Learn more about the causes and fault in bicycle accidents with help from the following information.
A Closer Look at the Anatomy of a Bicycle Accident
While bicycle accident victims may be from any area and of any age, there are some interesting commonalities among victims. For example, children are one of the most common victims; they are also the most likely to suffer a fatality. In bicycle crashes involving adults, 83 percent are male. Also, the majority of bicycle accident deaths (68 percent) occur in urban areas, and about 22 percent occur after 9 PM.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
When a bicycle accident happens, people often assume it is the cyclist to blame. However, statistics indicate that over half are the fault of another motorist. However, this is a misconception. In fact, at least half are caused by the driver of another vehicle. More specifically, 18 percent occurred because a driver failed to see a cyclist. Around 22 percent are caused by a driver or passenger opening their door and hitting the cyclist....