In 2015, there were 818 people killed riding their bikes in the United States. This is a significant increase over the previous years, which is a concern for people who enjoy riding. The increase may be due, in part, to a growth in the number of people choosing to ride their bikes for enjoyment or to get around their towns or cities. When more people are on the roads, it's more likely for someone to get hurt or killed while cycling.
Only a small fraction of the number of bicycle accidents that take place are reported to police. Many people, if they're hit but not badly hurt, may take themselves to the hospital or fail to file a report. It's important that you file a report no matter what. That report can help you obtain the compensation you need from the person who struck you. If he or she left the scene, you can give the police any information you have on the vehicle in hopes of stopping the driver before he or she gets too far away.
There are risks associated with riding a bicycle, but that doesn't mean you have to stop. Bicyclists are over-represented in crash data, but biking has the potential to be safe with the right precautions in place. For example, always wearing a helmet, signaling if you plan to make a turn, wearing protective and reflective clothing and avoiding riding at busy times of the day may help.
Our website has more information about the dangers of cycling and what to do if you're hit. You have rights and the ability to fight for compensation.