Bicycle and Fall Death Statistics

Bicycle and fall accident death rates in the United States are incredibly high compared to other tragedies that receive far more publicity and media attention.  The numbers don’t lie and they call out for increased public and private industry safety initiatives.

In the single year 2010, there were 800 bicycle fatalities according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and an incredible 515,000 emergency department visits for bicycle injuries.  In that same year, there were a staggering 26,009 fall-related deaths involving fall incidents at construction sites, amusement parks, ladders, roofs, quarries, mountains and chairlifts, etc.

Compare this one year 2010 to the fourteen year period 2000 to 2013 in which a total of 418 people were killed in mass shooting events.  Obviously mass shooting incidents touch the public consciousness due to the intentional and criminal nature of the act, but at the end of the day we must understand that a human life is a human life and more should be done to protect bicyclists, workers on construction sites and innocent fall victims from deadly accidents.

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