Perhaps the most vulnerable type of commuters on the road - bicyclists - are susceptible to severe injuries when involved in an accident with a car. Child cyclists are at an even greater disadvantage. However, don’t let this dissuade you from teaching your kids the joys of biking. Simply share these bike safety tips with your children.
For adults, in Iowa and the U.S., the number of preventable bike accidents that occur every year is harrowing; consider these bicycle accident statistics for Iowa and the greater United States:
National Bicycle Accident Statistics - 2013
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 743 pedalcyclist fatalities in 2013. "Pedalcyclist" is the term coined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to refer to both pedestrians and cyclists. These accidents comprised 2.3 percent of all fatal accidents in the country that year.
The number of fatal accidents amongst pedalcyclists was an increase from 2012, when 734 fatalities occurred, as well as from 2011 when 682 deaths occurred. In fact, the only recent years with more pedalcyclist fatalities than 2013 were 2005 and 2006, when 786 and 772 pedalcyclists died, respectively.
Iowa Bicycle Accident Statistics - 2013
In Iowa, there were 317 traffic fatalities in 2013, although only three of those deaths involved pedalcyclists. The small number of cyclists comprised 0.9 percent of traffic fatalities, putting Iowa way below the national average in terms of percentage of fatal pedalcyclist crashes.
Iowa also fared better than the U.S. in terms of bicycle accidents in that the number of bicycle accidents in the state decreased from 2011 to 2013, rather than increasing as that number did nationally. In 2011 in Iowa, there were 360 traffic fatalities, involving five pedalcyclists, resulting in a rate of 1.5 percent.
Iowa had far fewer pedalcyclist accidents in 2013 than did many other states.
- In California, there were 141 pedalcyclist fatalities
- In Florida there were 133 pedalcyclist deaths
- In Texas, 48 pedalcyclists died as the result of traffic accidents
The following states saw zero pedestrian or cyclist deaths in 2013:
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Improving Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety in Iowa
The hope is to bring the number of bicycle and pedestrian fatalities to zero. With more areas in Iowa implementing the Complete Streets program, the state is well on its way to doing just that.
Until that time, though, it’s important to understand your rights. For more free information, consult our bicycle/pedestrian accident library. To help you sort through the legal waters, file a claim for damages, and prove your injuries and harm, call an attorney. The bicycle and pedestrian lawyers at Walker, Billingsley & Bair, promise to serve you! Contact us online or call us at 888-435-9886 today.