Texas among Six States Representing More Than Half of All Bicycle Fatalities
Texas is among six states with the lion's share of fatal bicycle accidents (54 percent), according to a recent study, which puts the state among other populous states that include California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Michigan.
Overall, based on this news release published by the Governors Highway Safety Association, you can see the trend going up for bicycle fatalities.
Why Is This Happening?
More bicyclists are losing their lives in accidents than in previous decades, according to the GHSA, and most signs seem to point to a shift in the number of people riding bicycles and the city or state in which they ride.
Dr. Allan Williams is the GHSA's study author. As Williams said, "These are high population states with many urban centers, and likely reflect a high level of bicycle exposure and interaction with motor vehicles."
Ignoring the loaded word "interaction," which, in the context of fatal bicycle wrecks fails to do the topic justice, it's clear that risks go up for urban bicycle commuters riding through heavy traffic.
The GHSA's study shows, in 1975, that people over age 20 represented 21 percent of fatal bicycle crashes. In 2012, however, the number of people age 20 or older who were killed on bicycles is 84 percent, which is quite a jump.
Other factors brought up by the GHSA study were lack of helmet use and riding without lights at night, as well as riding on roads that are not bicycle friendly.
Generally, the problem seems to have attracted the attention of state government. According to GHSA's executive director, many states are "implementing infrastructure changes," among other things.