There are thousands of accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians every year. In 2020, approximately 130,000 bicyclists were injured in accidents with motor vehicles, and more than 900 cyclists were killed in accidents.
Tragically, the rate at which these accidents occur increases yearly.
Any vehicle can endanger a cyclist, but it has long been suspected that SUVs and larger vehicles pose the most significant threat to non-motorized traffic. A new study suggests these vehicles are even more hazardous when making turns.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, risks for SUVs hitting a non-motorized victim while turning are two times higher than those for a smaller passenger vehicle. These same risks are increased three times with vans and minivans, and four times with pickup trucks. Right-hand turns are often the most fatal, with chances for a deadly crash rising 63 percent for SUVs and an alarming 89 percent for pickup trucks.
Tips for Bicyclists
Whether riding for exercise or as a means of transportation, it is incredibly important for bicyclists to understand how to safely navigate around cars.
To ride safely, bicyclists should:
- Wear a bicycle helmet
- Have lights and reflective material on their bicycle
- Follow the flow of traffic
- Ride in the bicycle lane or on a designated path
- Ride in groups
Cyclists should cross the street at crosswalks and wait for a walk signal or green light to move across the street. Looking both ways twice before crossing the road is also a good idea. This can help the rider see and avoid potential threats from turning vehicles.
Do You Need Help?
Safe cyclists can help to prevent an accident. However, they cannot always avoid being injured in one caused by someone else. If you or someone you love has been injured by a motor vehicle, please call 405-232-6490 to schedule a free case review at Johnson & Biscone. Located in Oklahoma City, we serve victims of serious injury throughout the state.