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Six Most Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents

In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reported 726 fatal bicycle accidents in traffic. This is a 6.5 percent increase over 2012. In addition, 49,000 injuries on a bicycle were also reported. Here are the six most common causes of bicycle accidents according to the NHTSA National Survey on Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behaviors.

1. Being Hit by a Motor Vehicle

Thirty percent of all bicycle accidents are caused by the rider being hit by a car. Drivers are to always be aware of what is around them and yield the right of way to all pedestrians and bicyclists. However, oftentimes bicyclists are not seen by a driver. When riding a bike, yield to caution by wearing brightly colored clothing. It is also helpful for you to beware of vehicles and make eye contact before crossing a street.

2. Falling Off a Bike

Seventeen percent of all bicycle accident is from the rider falling off the bike. There are many reasons for this. For example, the rider may have been startled from an unforeseen object or person.

3. Hazardous Road Conditions

Thirteen percent of bike accidents are due to bad road conditions. If you can, avoid roadways that are in need of repair when riding your bike to avoid these types of accidents.

4. Rider Error

Thirteen percent of bike accidents are from the rider making an error.

5. Collided with a Fixed Object

Seven percent of bicycle accidents are due to the rider colliding with a fixed object. For instance, an inexperienced bicyclist may accidentally run into a light pole. Or the rider may have been distracted and hit the pole.

6. Dogs Running into the Street

When a dog runs into the street, they may potentially be hit by a bicyclist or a car. Four percent of all bicycle accident have been due to a dog running into the street.

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