Many people choose to ride a bicycle on a regular basis, whether they want to get exercise, save money or help the environment. Unfortunately, riding a bicycle near traffic is very dangerous and many people lose their lives or sustain serious injuries when a collision occurs. In New York, roads are often hectic and with an especially high number of bicyclists, many fatalities occur every year.
It is critical for drivers and bicyclists in New York to understand the prevalence of fatal crashes and take steps to avoid an accident.
Statistics on fatal bike accidents in New York
According to information that was published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 38 bicyclists died in fatal traffic accidents during 2016 in the state of New York. Compared to other states, New York is especially dangerous when it comes to the likelihood of a fatal bicycle accident. During 2016, 17 bicyclist fatalities were reported in the state of Washington, while Illinois saw 20 bicyclist deaths and none were reported in Hawaii. However, other states saw more bicyclist fatalities during this period, such as California (147), Texas (65) and Florida (138).
Fatal bicycle accidents in New York City
When it comes to deadly bike accidents, New York City is very dangerous. During 2016, 19 bicyclists lost their lives in traffic accidents in New York City, while 20 died in Los Angeles. Other cities reported fewer deaths, such as Chicago (5), Detroit (4), Seattle (2) and Houston (7). Those operating a vehicle or riding a bicycle in New York City or anywhere else in the state need to remain vigilant on the road.