Bicycling is a popular form of transportation. With Indiana’s scenic landscapes and growing cycling culture, it is no surprise that more people are taking to the roads on bicycles. Of course, with the increased interest in cycling comes a greater risk of cycling-related accidents. In this blog, we will dive into the prevalence of bike accidents while examining some contributing factors.
Indiana is considered to be in the top half of the most bicycle-friendly states by the League of American Bicyclists. According to recent data from Insurance Journal, cyclist fatalities have reached an all-time high in recent years. To put it into perspective, about 2% of all auto accident fatalities are cyclists. Another study found that bicycle accidents increased by 50% over five years. This alarming trend highlights the need for heightened awareness and measures to prevent these accidents.
The leading cause of cyclist accidents is tied to distracted driving. Cyclists could go unnoticed by drivers using their phones.
Additionally, some drivers simply do not know the rules of the road. Motorists who fail to yield to cyclists commonly cause collisions. In 2020, 264 cycling accidents occurred at a designated intersection.
In Indiana, inadequate bicycle lanes, signage, and road design make it complicated for cyclists and drivers to follow road laws. Insufficient infrastructure creates situations in which cyclists must share the road with fast-moving vehicles, increasing the risk of collisions.
While bicycle accidents have become increasingly common in Indiana, proactive steps can be taken to mitigate risks and create safer roads for cyclists. By addressing the causes of accidents, enhancing infrastructure, and promoting education and awareness, we can reduce the number of bicycle accidents and promote a safe coexistence between cyclists and motorists.
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