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California Bicycle Accident Statistics

While the fairly new trend of bike-sharing programs such as MetroBike, B-Cycle and Bike Nation have changed the transportation game across the world, they are not without problems. Though supported by many cities worldwide because of their positive effects on the environment, they have also been linked to the increase of congested roads, traffic accidents, bike injuries, and fatalities. 

However, this doesn’t mean that bike-sharing systems are all bad. Listed below are a few interesting facts about bike accidents in California. 

California Cyclist Deaths  

California was ranked as the state with the highest amount of bike deaths in 2012. Between 2007 and 2012, 834 cyclists died.

  • In 1997, 13,700 cyclists suffered preventable head injuries.
  • In 2014, 4,416 cyclists were killed or injured in bike accidents.
  • In 2017, 782 people were killed.
  • An average of 139 bicyclists die every year.
  • 98% of cyclist deaths involve a motor vehicle. 
  • In California, cyclist deaths make up 4% of all the auto accidents in the state. This is twice the national average, making California the first in the nation in cyclist deaths.
  • From 2010-2012, six states made up 54% of the nation’s bicyclist deaths. California was the highest of them all. 


California bike law is different for adults than it is for children. 

  • Los Angeles has 28,000 miles of street lanes, but only 0.6% of them are safe for bikes. 
  • California is home to 14.5% of the nation’s bike riders.
  • Generally speaking, men are more likely to die in a bike crash than women. In 2017, males were 8 times more likely to get into a fatal accident. 
  • Men ages 50-54 have the greatest risk of death by bike crashes than any other category. 
  • Females ages 50-54 also have the greatest risk of death, although it is half in comparison to men. 
  • 7% of all cyclist deaths were children under the age of 15. 
  • In 2012, cyclists above 20 comprised 84% of bike fatalities in 2012. 74% of these deaths were male cyclists. 

Cycling And Intoxication 

Just because you aren’t behind the wheel of a car, doesn’t mean you can travel drunk. Riding a bike under the influence can not only make you a danger to yourself, but to others on the road as well.  

In 2017:

  • 33% of California bike injuries involved alcohol.
  • 67% of bike injuries happen with no alcohol involved 
  • 289 cyclist deaths involved alcohol. 
  • 195 deaths occurred when the cyclist was impaired. 
  • 55 deaths ensued when the driver of the car was under the influence.  
  • 39 bicyclists were killed when they were impaired.
  • 11 deaths occurred when the driver of the car was impaired 

Helmet Statistics  

Adults over the age of 18 do not have to wear helmets in California.

  • In 17% of bicycle deaths nationwide, the rider did not wear a helmet. 
  • Bike deaths have declined since 1995 with the use of helmets. 
  • In 1996, 96% of bike riders who were killed in a crash were not wearing helmets.
  • Child cyclist’s deaths have declined while the number for adults over 20 has tripled.
  • In 2013, the 464 bike riders that were killed were not wearing helmets   

Bicycle Injuries

There are about 235,000 traffic accidents a year in California and bicycle injuries make up 5.3% of them. 

  • 215 bike injuries happened in rural areas. 
  • 86,630 happened in urban areas. 
  • 76% of cyclist injuries occurred during the day, while 15% happened at night.
  • 28% of injuries happened to individuals ages 15-25. 

Contact Us To Find Out How We Can Help

If you have sustained injuries in the city of Los Angeles as a result of a bicycle accident, an attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at (213) 927-3700 or email to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.

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