Florida Ranks Second for Highest Number of Bicycle Fatalities

A new report on bicycle fatalities due to car accidents on U.S. roads shows that the bulk of these fatal accidents occur in just a handful of states.

The report, released Monday by the nonprofit Governors Highway Safety Association, concluded that biking accident deaths rose 16 percent nationwide between 2010 and 2012, while motor vehicle accident fatalities increased by just 1 percent.

4920222422_e160c0f228_zAccording to 2012 figures, the top 10 states that saw the highest number of bicyclists killed in motor vehicle accidents are listed below:

  1. California – 123 bicyclist fatalities in motor vehicle accidents in 2012
  2. Florida – 120 bicyclist fatalities in 2012
  3. Texas – 56
  4. New York – 45
  5. Illinois – 29
  6. North Carolina – 27
  7. Michigan – 19
  8. Ohio AND Arizona – 18
  9. Georgia – 17

Moreover, the report also noted that more than half, or 54 percent, of U.S. bicycle fatalities over the period of 2010 to 2012 happened in just six states: California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Michigan and Texas.

Florida is known for its beautiful year-round climate, making it one of the best states in the United States for bicycling. While fun, bicycling can also be dangerous, as this report shows. If you have been injured in a bike accident because of another person’s carelessness, recklessness or negligence, please call a Florida Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer at Whittel & Melton today at 866-608-5529 or use our online form to request a free consultation. We have offices located throughout the state of Florida and always provide injury victims with a free, no-obligation consultation.

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