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Washington State and National Bicycle Crashes by the Numbers

Offering a myriad of health and environmental benefits, bicycling is a particularly popular form of recreation, transportation, and exercise in Washington State. Unfortunately, even in states where cycling is common, not all motorists are sufficiently educated on how to safely share the road with bicyclists. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, careless driving or unsafe cycling practices cause tens of thousands of accidents each year in the United States, many of which result in serious injuries or fatalities. Read on to learn more about bicycle crash statistics in Washington State and across the country, as well as what you can do if you were injured in such an accident.

Bicycle Crash Statistics

National and statewide bicycle crash statistics paint a grim picture of the dangers that bicyclists face. Consider these alarming numbers:

  • Approximately 48,000 bicyclists were injured and 743 were killed in motor vehicle traffic accidents in the United States in 2013.
  • Sixty-eight percent of fatal accidents involving bicyclists occurred in urban areas.
  • In 2013, males were seven times more likely to die in bicycle accidents than females.
  • Alcohol was involved in more than 34 percent of fatal bicycle accidents in 2013.
  • In Washington State, 35 percent of fatal accidents occurred when bicyclists were crossing roadways, 27 percent occurred when bicyclists rode against traffic, and 10 percent occurred as bicyclists turned into the path of an approaching vehicle.

In an attempt to reduce the number of bicycle accidents that occur each year, the Washington State Department of Transportation has introduced the Safer Streets, Safer People program, which hopes to eliminate bicycle fatalities on state roadways by 2030.

Were You Injured in a Bicycle Accident?

If you were seriously injured in a bicycle accident, you may find yourself unable to work and buried under a pile of unexpected medical debt. Fortunately, if the driver who injured you was unsafe or negligent, you may be able to pursue compensation for medical bills, lost wages for the time you missed from work, and pain and suffering. If you do decide to pursue compensation for damages, the representation of a skilled personal injury attorney can help strengthen your case and the likelihood of a positive outcome. Contact the Andrew Kim Law Firm's Bellevue law office today for more information. Our knowledgeable legal team is ready to help you fight for any financial award you may deserve.