Who is most at risk of being injured in a bicycle accident? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

Each year, there are approximately 45,000 cyclists injured and another 800 killed in bicycle accidents. Although any cyclist can find themselves the victim of a bike accident, there appear to be certain factors that increase that risk.

According to national statistics, the average age of cyclists killed in bike accidents is 45, although that number continues to creep up each year. The majority of cyclists killed or injured are male, accounting for more than 80 percent of victims.

Most fatal bike accident occur in urban areas and at non-intersections. And despite what many people may believe, about 80 percent of bike accidents occur during the day, although night cycling is definitely more dangerous.