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More men, night-time riders affected by bicycle accidents

Did you know that, nationwide, more cyclists are killed by vehicles than any other single cause? Bicycle accident injuries can lead to serious long-term consequences for victims, and statistics show that most of these accidents involve another party - a motorist. In fact, more than a third of nationwide bike injuries are attributable to being struck by a negligent driver. Surprisingly, though, Rhode Island is one of the lower-tier offenders - our state reported no bicycle fatalities in 2014, and has a relatively low rate of cycling accidents.

Nonetheless, cyclists in Rhode Island still need to be aware of the risks associated with riding in both urban and rural areas. Cycling deaths tend to mostly affect men, with a whopping 88 percent of fatalities occurring among male riders. Further, a large percentage of cycling accidents happen during the evening rush hour, with about 20 percent happening between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., according to statistics.

Finally, one of the more disconcerting facts about cyclist accidents: About one-third of accidents involve a drunk cyclist or drunk driver, with at least one party having a blood-alcohol content higher than 0.08 percent. A drunk cyclist can be problematic, but drunk drivers have the potential to do much more damage because of the size of their vehicles. Intoxicated driving can compromise bike awareness, which leads to bike crashes and serious injuries.

Victims of these bike accidents deserve financial compensation for their serious injuries and long-term medical care. In many instances, these victims are able to recover financial damages from at-fault drivers for personal injury, lost wages and a variety of other civil claims. A professional attorney can provide additional information about your legal rights and options.

Source: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, "Pedestrian and Bicyclist Crash Statistics," accessed March 15, 2017

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