In Frederick, Maryland, a 12-year-old boy died on Sunday after his bicycle crashed into a moving car. Thomas Cline was riding his bike near the intersection of old Middletown Road and Route 180 when he crashed into the front passenger side of a car being driven by a 16-year-old Middletown girl. Cline was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police are investigating the accident.
The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety Offers The Following Statistics Related To Bicycle Fatalities That Took Place From 1975-2002:
– 660 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2002. This is 9 percent fewer than in 2001 and down 34 percent since 1975.
– Bicycle deaths are most likely to occur in summer. Deaths are most likely to occur on Fridays and Saturdays. The peak time is 3-9 pm.
– Ninety-eight percent of bicyclists killed in 1999 reportedly weren’t wearing helmets.
– Deaths of older bicyclists are an increasing problem. Seventy-one percent of 1999 bicycle deaths were riders 16 years and older. This compares with 32 percent of bicycle deaths in 1975.
– Four states (California, Florida, New York, and Texas) accounted for 43 percent of bicycle deaths in 1999.
– More bicyclists were killed in urban areas than in rural areas (64 percent compared with 36 percent) in 1999.
– Thirty-five percent of bicycle deaths in 1999 occurred at intersections.
– Fifty-seven percent of bicycle deaths in 1999 occurred on major roads, and 37 percent occurred on local roads.
– Fifty-nine percent of bicycle deaths among children younger than 13, and 27 percent of adult bicycle deaths occur on minor roads.
– Adult bicyclists are more likely than children to be killed on major roads (67 percent compared with 38 percent).
You may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit if you have been injured in a vehicle-related bicycle accident or someone you love has been killed in a vehicle-related bicycle accident. Contact the personal injury lawfirm of Lebowitz and Mzhen for a free consultation.
Bike Accident Kills Frederick Boy, NBC25.com, July 31, 2006
Related Web Resources:
Institute For Traffic Safety Analysis