How many people died on U.S. roads in 2016?
Exact numbers haven’t been released, but estimates on traffic deaths and injuries for 2016 are expected to be even higher than 2015, which was a record year. The National Safety Council says that in 2015, 38,000 people died and 4.4 million were injured in motor vehicle accidents. That represents an 8% increase over the number of vehicular deaths in 2014. Regarding the size of the increase between 2014 and 2015, National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said, “We haven’t seen a jump like this in 50 years.”
How many people die in bike accidents?
Conversations about traffic crashes often don’t include two-wheeled modes of transportation, even though many cyclists and bikers are injured every day. The Governors Highway Safety Administration estimates motorcycle fatalities increased by 10% from 2014 to 2015, with more than 5,000 motorcyclist deaths in 2015. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, reports that more than 900 bicyclists were killed in 2013 and more than 494,000 emergency room visits that year were related to bike injuries.
Do more motorcyclists and bicyclists die on California roads than in other states?
In California, which has the largest number of registered motorcycles in the country, motorcycle deaths decreased by 7% in 2015, despite the national trend. Some theories discussed by bike accident lawyers and safety experts include the belief that mandatory helmet laws reduce motorcycle fatalities and the belief that the more motorcycles and bicycles on the roads, the safer the roads become for operators of bikes. In 2014, 813,771 motorcycles were registered in California, over 250,000 more motorcycles than Florida, the state with the next highest number of registered motorcycles.
The theory that an increase in numbers of bicycles and motorcycles leads to a reduction in accidents is based in part on research showing that automobile drivers become acclimated to certain things. When more bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians use the roads, auto drivers become acclimated to their presence. Over time, car and truck drivers begin to take note of and watch for bikes and walkers in the same way that they watch for cars. Rather than having motorcycle traffic be an exception, it becomes a typical part of traffic patterns.
What are the leading causes of car and bike accidents?
While the data on 2016 car, truck and motorcycle accidents is still being analyzed, past analysis has concluded that alcohol is the leading contributor to accidents (related to 30.8% of motor vehicle deaths), closely followed by speed (contributing to 30% of vehicular deaths), and distracted driving (contributing to 26% of vehicular deaths).
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle or bicycle crash, call the bike accident lawyers at Cerritos Legal today at 562-865-9356 for your free consultation.