NHTSA: Fatal Cycling Accidents Increased by 12 Percent in 2015

An Arkansas bicycle accident attorney notes that fatal accidents in the United States involving bicyclists and other cyclists increased by 12 percent from 2014 to 2015. Although fatal cycling accidents increased, there were 10 percent fewer bicyclists and other cyclists injured than the previous amount in 2014. When a cyclist is injured or killed due to the fault of another, injured parties may be eligible to pursue compensation with the help of a personal injury attorney.

For more information, contact the Johnson & Vines Law Firm today. We offer free, no obligation consultations, and we can help you determine whether you have a claim. You can contact us by filling out the form on this page, calling us at 501-777-7777, or emailing us at [email protected].

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Fatal Cycling Accidents in Arkansas Below National Average

Based on data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), there were 818 bicyclists and other cyclists killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States in 2015. While fatal accidents involving cyclists increased by 12 percent in 2015, the total number of estimated injuries dropped by 10 percent, according to information published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in March 2017.

In Arkansas, a total of three cyclists were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2015, accounting for 0.6 percent of all traffic fatalities statewide. Nationally, fatal cycling accidents accounted for approximately 2.3 percent of all fatalities, placing Arkansas 1.7 percent lower than the national average.

As a reminder, the NHTSA encourages all cyclists to wear properly fitted helmets while riding, obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators, wear fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day, and use front and rear lights. Likewise, drivers of motor vehicles are reminded to share the road with bicyclists, allowing at least three feet of clearance when passing while watching for cyclists when opening car doors and making turns.

How an Arkansas Bicycle Accident Attorney Can Help

People who are injured in bicycle accidents caused by the negligence of another, whether that driver was speeding or is otherwise at fault, may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of income or ability to work
  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish resulting from an injury

The families of those killed in a fatal bicycle or other cycling accident may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.

The Time You Have to Pursue a Claim is Limited. Contact Us Today.

For more information, or if you want to speak with an Arkansas bicycle accident attorney, contact the Johnson & Vines law firm today. You can contact us by filling out the form on this page, calling us at 501-777-7777, or emailing us at [email protected].

After you contact us, an attorney will follow up with you to get more information about your case. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and all of the information you provide is confidential.

Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.

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