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How Dangerous Is Cycling Compared to Other Transportation?

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on May 23, 2013

Riding a bicycle in Dallas is a great way to get fresh air and exercise. But even though riding a bike is fun, it’s also one of the most dangerous forms of transportation. Every year many are injured or killed in bicycle accidents. These are the annualized injury rates of U.S. transportation:

  • Motorcycle: 10,336
  • Bicycle: 1,461
  • Car: 803
  • Walking: 216
  • Bus: 161

And these are the comparable fatality rates:

  • Motorcycle: 537
  • Bicycle: 21
  • Walking: 14
  • Car: 9
  • Bus: 0.4

If you are looking for a safer form of transportation, take the bus. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2007 found that, statistically, you’re far more likely to be injured or killed riding in a car or a bike than in a bus.

But one of the most safest ways to travel is still by plane. Professor Arnold Barnett, a U.S. statistician, has worked out that the average passenger has a one in 45 million chance of dying on a flight. This means you could expect to die on a flight only if you flew every day for 123,000 years.

Since most people can’t fly or ride a bus every day to get around, it’s important to know how to stay safe on a bike to avoid bicycle accidents when riding in Dallas. Remember to always wear a properly-fitted helmet, follow all traffic laws and have lights on the front and rear of your bike.

Even after following bicycle safety, many Dallas bicycle accidents occur due to the negligence of a driver. If you or your loved one were the victim of a bicycle or pedestrian accident, you deserve compensation. Contact the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

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