Nevada Bicycle Statistics, Hazards, and Best Practices
Reno is a bicycle-friendly city with wonderful bike paths and lanes on many streets. MapMyRide has over 5,700 bicycle routes cataloged by users and over 900 courses in Reno. Reno started installing more bike lanes in 2010 as part of a downtown Reno makeover initiative. The Regional Transportation System has an interactive map that shows the streets with existing bicycle lanes and bike lanes planned for the future.
The Risk of Having a Bicycle Accident
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) notes that deaths of bicyclists from accidents decreased 26% from 1975. This positive trend comes from safer bicycles and more bicycle riders wearing helmets. Nevertheless, bicyclists have a greater chance of injury or death, when involved in a traffic accident, than those riding in a vehicle.
USA Bicycle Accident Statistics
Nationwide, a 2013 study reported by the CDC showed that 900 bicycle-riders were killed in accidents and over 490,000 were injured badly enough to go to an emergency room. The CDC estimates that lifetime healthcare costs and losses of productivity caused by these accidents is around $10 billion.
How Does This Affect Nevada Specifically?
Bicycle accident lawyer Eric A. Stovall warns everyone to take extra precautions when riding a bicycle in Reno, because bicycle accidents are increasing in Nevada and are higher than the national average.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2013, there were 2.5 deaths per one million Nevada residents due to bicycle accidents. This is higher than the American average of only 2.35 deaths per million. Of all the traffic deaths from accidents in Nevada during 2013, 2.7% were bicyclists. The national number is only 2.3%.
During 2015, in Nevada, there were ten deaths of bicyclists from traffic accidents. Eight of these deaths occurred in Clark County, one happened in Nye County, and another one happened in Washoe County, which is the county that contains Reno. This was 25% more deaths of bicyclists than those that occurred during 2014.
Who is Most at Risk for a Fatal Bicycle Accident?
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) determined that males have a greater risk of death from a bicycle accident (81%) when compared to females (19%). Adult men over the age of 20 represent 84% of the deaths from bicycle accidents. This amount increased by 195% after 1975. For younger teens and children, the deaths by bicycle accidents declined by 86% after 1975.
Who is Most at Risk for a Fatal Bike Accident?
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) determined that males have a greater risk of death from a bicycle accident (81%) when compared to females (19%). Adult men over the age of 20 represent 84% of the deaths from a bike crash. This amount increased by 195% after 1975. For younger teens and children, the deaths by bicycle accidents declined by 86% after 1975.
The Most Dangerous Places and Times to Ride a Bike
ROSPA notes that about 75% of bicycle accidents that result in serious injuries or death occur in cities. The most common places where accidents occur are at, near, or in an intersection. About 80% of bicycle accidents happen in the daytime, because that is when there are more bicycle riders on the roads. However, accidents that occur at night are more likely to be fatal, especially if the bicycle rider is not wearing a helmet, reflective clothes, and does not have a light.
More bicycle accidents that cause serious injury or death occur on roads with higher speed limits. There are more bicycle accidents during springtime and summertime, when compared to autumn or winter. However, more deaths of bicyclists happen during wintertime.
The Causes of the Accidents
ROSPA says causes of serious bicycle accidents come from common factors, which are:
- 16% – A bicycle rider loses control and no other motor vehicles are involved in the accident.
- 17% – A bicycle hits a vehicle. The most common reason was either the vehicle driver and/or the bicycle rider did not look before making a turn.
- 17% – Either the driver or rider was careless, in a hurry, or reckless.
- 20% – The accident happened when the bicyclist suddenly entered the roadway from the side.
- 73% – Driver or bicycle rider error was the cause of the accident.
Prevalence of Injuries
ROSPA cautions that sometimes, serious bicycle injuries or fatalities occur, such as:
- 5% have injuries to the chest or abdomen.
- 25% have injured legs.
- 40% have injured arms.
- 40% of adult bicyclists and 45% of children suffer a head injury in a bicycle accident.
- 75% of the deaths come from serious injury to the head. Helmets reduce head injuries by 50%, yet only 60% of bicycle riders wear helmets.
If you or a family member is involved in a Nevada bike accident that causes serious injury or death, contact bicycle accident lawyer Eric A. Stovall immediately. He was a licensed insurance agent before he became a lawyer, so he brings knowledge of the insurance industry and a high level of competent legal skills to represent your case.