Alaska Bicycle Accident Safety: Know the Facts

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Did you know that in 2012, nearly two people each day in the U.S. lost their lives in a bicycle/motor vehicle crash?  Over the course of the year, 726 people were killed in such accidents—2 percent of the total number of people killed and injure in all traffic crashes in 2012.

If you are bicyclist in Anchorage—either a hardcore cyclist or a causal rider who likes to get around town on two wheels—these numbers may not surprise you. Chances are, you’ve likely had a close call or two when pedaling on public roadways.

According to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, bicycle injuries most commonly occur in the following manners:

Bicycle Accident Statistics Pie Chart

As you can see, injuries caused by crashes with cars were the most common. Drivers are not always careful around bicyclists, especially when distracted by their phone, GPS, kids in the back seat, etc. When riding your bicycle in Anchorage, please use extreme caution—not every driver knows how to react to a bicyclist near his or her vehicle.

If you have been injured in a bicycle crash or pedestrian accident caused by the negligent action of another, contact an experienced Anchorage bicycle accident injury lawyer today.

From all of us at Kelley & Canterbury LLC, please keep an eye out for cyclists in our community. Doing so could save the life of a fellow Anchorage citizen!

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About Chris Canterbury

At Kelley & Canterbury LLC, Chris has helped Alaskans successfully navigate their personal injury cases for over 15 years. When not at work, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, playing hockey, and working on his family's log cabin home in Eagle River. Chris Canterbury's Google+ Profile

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