bicycle-wreck-okCyclists are injured or killed in wrecks more often than you might think.  Consider the following nationwide statistics from 2012:

How many cyclists were injured in bicycle/motor vehicle crashes?
Answer: 49,000 reported injuries

Note: Only a small percentage of bicycle crashes causing injury are ever reported to law enforcement officials (possibly as low as

Of those cyclists injured in bicycle/motor vehicle crashes, how many were between the ages of 10 and 15?
Answer: 7,000

What percentage of injuries sustained by cyclists were caused by being struck by a car?
Answer: 29%

How many cyclists were killed in bicycle/motor vehicle crashes?
Answer: 726

How many of those cyclists killed were between the ages of 45 and 54?
Answer: 154

What is the total resulting cost of cyclist injuries and deaths?
Answer: Over $4 billion per year.

How many wrecks occurred in Alabama involving a cyclist and a motor vehicle?
Answer: 174

How many people were injured as a result of these collisions?
Answer: 138

How many people were killed as a result of these collisions?
Answer: 5

  • 88% of all cyclists killed were male.
  • 69% of all cyclist fatalities occur in urban areas.
  • 30% of all cyclist fatalities occur between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • 24% of all cyclists killed were legally intoxicated.
  • Children 15 and younger account for 9% of all cyclists killed and 20% of all cyclists injured.

(Sources: National Highway Traffic Administration, 2012; National Safety Council, 2012; Alabama Department of Transportation, 2011)