Aside from serious injuries, the worst kinds of bicycle accidents are fatal ones. The following are statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) based on their most recent study conducted in 2002.
More than 47,000 bicyclists have died in traffic crashes in the United States since 1932 — the first year in which estimates of pedalcyclist fatalities were recorded.
- In 2002, 662 bicyclists were killed and an additional 48,000 were injured in traffic crashes.
- Bicyclist deaths accounted for 2 percent of all traffic fatalities, and pedalcyclists made up 2 percent of all the people injured in traffic crashes during the year.
- The number of bicyclist fatalities in 2002 was 8 percent lower than the 723 fatalities reported in 1992.
- The highest number of bicyclist fatalities ever recorded in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) was 1,003 in 1975.
- Bicyclists accounted for 12 percent of all non-motorist traffic fatalities in 2002.
- Every 6 hours a bicyclist is fatally injured;
- Approximately one million children are injured each year in bicycle related accidents;
- Nearly half of all bicycle fatalities occur to children under the age of 16;
- Head injuries account for about 75% of all serious injuries and fatalities from bicycle accidents;
- While collisions with cars account for only 1/3rd of all bicycle accidents, they account for the majority of catastrophic injuries and deaths.
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