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Posted in Newsletter on June 16, 2022   |  by Gary Burger

Bicycle Safety

As the weather warms up, you may feel inclined to burn some rubber; bicycle rubber, that is. However, enjoying the sun comes with certain personal injury hazards that all bicyclists should be wary of. From impaired drivers to speeding, summer is prime time for these risks.

Before you put on those knee pads, keep in mind the following statistics:

  • 33% of bicycle fatalities occur during the summer months (June to August), compared to 25% in the fall, 22% in the spring, and 20% in the winter.
  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2019, bicycle fatalities occurred more from 9 to 11:59 p.m. than any other time during the summer months.
  • In 2020, bicycle fatalities increased by 9.2% from 2019.
  • According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2020, 938 bicyclists were killed by motorists.

Bicycling presents a unique set of risks to you and your family. Being aware of your surroundings and taking safety precautions is key.

Be mindful of the following dangers to bicyclists as you adjust your seat:

  • Inadequate lane separation.
  • Dense traffic.
  • Limited visibility.
  • Road conditions.

In addition to general dangers, while bicyclists usually have their own lane, you may find yourself sharing the road with motor-vehicles. Certain motorist behaviors may put you and your family at risk of injury:

  • Speeding.
  • Impaired drivers.
  • Distracted drivers.