Though bicyclists account for only 1% of all trips taken in Connecticut and across the United States, they face a much higher risk of death than those who travel in other ways. This is because when a vehicle and a bicycle crash it is much more likely for the cyclist to be injured than the car driver. Taking precautions can help decrease injuries.
Cycling fatalities in the United States
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 850 people were killed in 2018 in traffic accidents. Though the total number of cycling accidents has decreased in recent years, the number of fatalities has increased. This may be because distracted drivers may speed or not see an upcoming cyclist, hitting him or her directly.
Worst times of day for cycling accidents
Statistics have shown that bicycling crashes are most likely to occur between 6 and 9 p.m. The glare from the sunset and dwindling daylight hours can make it more difficult for drivers to see bicyclists on the road. Drivers need to take precautions during these times of day to prevent crashes. Keeping the windshield clean, using sunglasses when the sun is setting and turning on headlights early in the evening can help make the road safer for everyone.
Losing a loved one in a fatal bicycling accident
If you have suddenly lost a family member or friend in a bicycling accident, it can be a devastating experience. People aren’t expecting the loss so they may have not been prepared ahead of time. Getting help with medical bills and other expenses can help take away some of the burdens you are feeling. If the driver wasn’t paying attention or was using alcohol at the time of the bike crash, they may have behaved negligently and might be responsible for damages that can help your family during this time.