Fatal bicycle accidents on the rise

Fatal bicycle accidents across the country are on the rise, and the fear is that as more people on two-wheels share the roads with cars and trucks, more lives will be lost.

“It used to be children and teens, and now the average age of a fatally injured bicyclist is 45 years old,” said Chris Mullen with State Farm Insurance. “The number one cause is that the motorists aren’t seeing the bicyclists.”

Because they’re more vulnerable, people riding bikes need to by hyper-vigilant and aware of what’s going on around them at all times. It’s also another reason why it’s so important to follow the rules of the road.

“Always ride on the right with traffic, not against it,” Mullen said. “As you approach a larger road that has a stop or yield sign, make sure you obey the signs. When you’re moving from the left or the right on the roadway, you need to yield to traffic.”

A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association finds that most fatal bike-car accidents happen between 6:00pm and 6:00am, when it’s normally dark out.

Alcohol was a factor for either the motorist or the cyclist 37 percent of the time.

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