BIKE INJURY STATISTICS: Negligent California motorists and uneducated California bicyclists have led to some staggering injury statistics:

Recent injury statistics:  Negligent automobile drivers and uneducated bicyclists have resulted in some staggering statistics.

  • Every 6 hours a bicyclist is fatally injured;
  • Approximately one million children are injured each year in bicycle related accidents;
  • Nearly half of all bicycle fatalities occur to children under the age of 16;
  • Head (brain) injuries account for about 75% of all serious injuries and fatalities from bicycle accidents (this is also true for motorcycle accidents);
  • While collisions with cars account for only 1/3rd of all bicycle accidents, they account for the majority of catastrophic injuries and deaths.

Despite the above alarming injury statistics, education of both motorists and bicyclists in California is key.  Also, helmut safety needs to be emphasized for all age groups, and instilled in children at an early age.