Bicycle Accident Statistics

Each year, bicyclists sustain serious injuries in bicycle accidents.

Here are some statistics about bicyclists injuries caused by traffic accidents:

  • Every year, more than 500,000 people in the United States are treated in emergency departments because of bicycle related injuries. (Centers for Disease Control CDC)
  • 618 bicyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2011. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA)
  • The age ground of 14 and under accounts for 9% of those fatalities. (NHTSA)
  • About 12% of the bicyclists killed in traffic crashes in 2008 were between 5 and 18 years old. (NHTSA)
  • Alcohol involvement in either the driver or bicyclist was reported in 37% of traffic crashes that resulted in bicyclist fatalities. (NHTSA)

By following simple safety rules, bicyclists and motorists can greatly reduce the incidence of traffic crashes and serious injuries.