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10801 National Blvd. Suite 335 POWER LEGAL GROUP Los Angeles CA 90064 FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION 800-323-POWER 7693 STAYING SAFE ON A BIKE IN LOS ANGELES: SAFETY DEATH STATS YOU SHOULD KNOW Roughly 2 percent of deaths from motor vehicle crashes each year are bicyclists. If you’re a bike rider in Los Angeles – whether you ride casually or you commute by bike or however you use it – you’re statistically in more danger these days. The IIHS has a lot of data collected and when you put it together it can be a little scary… For some hard numbers: 817 bicyclists died on US roads in 2015 an increase of 12.2 per cent over 2014 and the highest number since 1995. But while about 45000 bicyclists were injured in traffic in 2015 there were roughly 50000 in 2014 – down 10 percent. In other words: while bicycle injuries from accidents are down fatalities are up. U.S. CYCLIST DEATHS BY YEAR Year Total 2010 621 2011 680 2012 730 2013 747 2014 723 2015 817

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10801 National Blvd. Suite 335 POWER LEGAL GROUP Los Angeles CA 90064 FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION 800-323-POWER 7693 HELMET USE According to data from 2015 54 percent of bike deaths involved riders not wearing a helmet whereas only 17 percent were known to be wearing a helmet. The other 29 percent are not clear whether the rider was wearing a helmet properly. U.S. PERCENTAGES OF ALL DEATHS BY HELMET USE Year Not Wearing Helmet Wearing Helmet Unknown 2010 69 15 16 2011 66 15 19 2012 64 17 19 2013 62 17 21 2014 59 16 24 2015 54 17 29 In recent history the overall percentages of deaths involving riders known to have been without a helmet is falling from 69 percent in 2010 down consecutively each year to 54 percent in 2015. And the overall percentages of deaths where the rider was wearing a helmet has stayed about the same between 15 and 17 percent each year. But the number of deaths where we don’t have that data has risen consecutively each year from 16 percent in 2010 to 29 percent in 2015. That’s a big difference.

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10801 National Blvd. Suite 335 POWER LEGAL GROUP Los Angeles CA 90064 FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION 800-323-POWER 7693 URBAN AREAS In 2015 70 percent of bicyclists were killed in urban areas like Los Angeles Santa Monica Culver City…right here at home. Over the last four decades there’s been a shift from bicyclist deaths split 50-50 in urban and rural areas to now 70 percent of all bike accident deaths occurring in cities. U.S. CYCLIST DEATHS BY AREA TYPE Year Rural Urban 1975 50 50 1985 41 59 1995 34 66 2005 31 69 2015 30 70 WHEN AND WHERE We can also see that peak hours for bike deaths is between 6 and 9 PM with more deaths occurring in the summer than other months. In Los Angeles this starts from the golden hour when the sun sets and drivers have to squint or block their own view to avoid the blinding light and goes through happy hour…in short motorists present a very large danger for bicyclists during these hours. Riders without proper lighting and reflectors are most at risk.

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10801 National Blvd. Suite 335 POWER LEGAL GROUP Los Angeles CA 90064 FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION 800-323-POWER 7693 Finally: data shows us that 54 percent of cyclist deaths occur on major roads whereas only 29 percent occur on minor roads. WHAT THIS MEANS In Los Angeles statistically the most dangerous time and place to ride your bike is on a major street around sundown. That doesn’t mean you should only be careful then. Bike accidents can happen any time any place for any reason. It’s no secret that L.A. has become more congested with cars in that time. And in recent years bicycle use has risen — partly as a response to that congestion partly as a response to the economic recession that started in 2008. Some people enjoy bicycling some people ride for better health. There are many reasons for taking up a bike rather than a car here in Los Angeles. But whatever your reasons are it’s more important than ever to remain safe while riding. So wear a helmet get the proper reflectors and lights and take those side streets And if you’ve been injured in a bike accident call a trusted Los Angeles bike accident lawyer right away. Contact the Power Legal Group to ensure your losses are recovered and your bills are paid.

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