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Bikes, pedestrians at risk out on the road

Car accidents can involve many different subjects. Other cars, and their occupants, are the obvious subject that many people will first consider. But they can also collide with trucks, and motorcycles, and even buildings. Today, we want to focus on two very at-risk groups out on the road: bicyclists and pedestrians.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has data on accidents involving these two groups, and the figures are not promising. Bicyclists saw an increase in both the number of injuries and the number of deaths they suffered when comparing 2006 to 2015. In the former year, 778 bicyclists died and roughly 44,000 were injured. In 2016, those numbers jumped to 818 and roughly 45,000, respectively.

Pedestrians fared even worse over these two years. In 2006, about 61,000 pedestrians were injured and 4,795 died. In 2016, those numbers jumped 14.8 percent and 12.1 percent, respectively. About 70,000 pedestrians suffered injuries and 5,376 pedestrians died.

This is the second post in a few weeks where we have featured NHTSA data about motor vehicle accidents, but we feel the information is important. These pieces of data paint a picture: one that shows the road is a dangerous place.

When negligent or reckless people cause harm to other, innocent people, then the victims of the accident need to consult with an attorney right away. Their case could earn them needed compensation that also holds the responsible party accountable.

Source: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, "Pedestrian and Bicyclist Crash Statistics," Accessed July 14, 2017

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