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What are the top causes of bicycle accident injuries and deaths?

There are many good reasons to ride a bicycle, such as the ability to get exercise as you commute to and from work. Unfortunately, just the same as a motor vehicle, riding a bike can be dangerous at times.

In addition to wearing the proper safety gear, one of the best things you can do is become familiar with the top causes of bicycle accidents. This knowledge will help you make more informed decisions while you're in the saddle.

According to the 2012 National Survey on Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behaviors, approximately 33 percent of injuries are the result of a bicyclist being struck by a motor vehicle.

Some of the other top causes of accidents and injuries include falls to the roadway, roadway in poor condition, rider error, crash or collision or a dog getting in the way.

When riding a bicycle, you need to keep a eye on all vehicles in close proximity. Not only are many accidents caused by motor vehicles, but these are often among the most serious due to the weight and speed of the car.

If you are involved in any type of bicycle accident, don't be fast to move from the scene. Instead, call 911 for immediate police and medical assistance. The sooner you get help, the greater chance there is of avoiding long-term injury.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident or a loved one has passed away, you should also take the time to learn more about your legal rights. There may be steps you can take to seek compensation from the negligent party.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, "Pedestrian and Bicyclist Crash Statistics," accessed Aug. 18, 2017

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