2018: The Deadliest Year for Bicyclists Since 1988

New data released by the NHTSA, says traffic fatalities fell by an estimated 1% in 2018. At that rate, the U.S. would be on pace to reach the goal of zero traffic deaths sometime after the year 2100.

While improvement in overall traffic safety is good, the 2018 estimates for traffic deaths for people biking and walking unfortunately showed continued increases. People biking experienced the largest increase in fatalities of all road users, with an estimated 10% increase in fatalities in 2018. This would make 2018 the deadliest year for people biking since 1988.

At Tabor Law Firm we believe everyone should feel safe on our roadways. Especially people who bike and walk. The United States stands out among other developed countries for its poor traffic safety record and its inability to take actions to make roadways safer. During the same period when pedestrian fatalities in the US increased by roughly 30%, they were decreasing by 36% in the European Union. Between 2000 and 2013, the US had the smallest reduction in traffic fatalities of 10 high-income countries reviewed by the CDC – and US traffic fatalities have increased by roughly 10% since 2013.

To address the safety of people biking and walking, the United States needs to get serious about addressing traffic safety – and that begins by prioritizing the safety of the most vulnerable people. By focusing on the safety of the most vulnerable – people who walk, people who bike, people who use wheelchairs, people who are older – the overall transportation system will be safer for all.

Getting serious about traffic safety is a paradigm shift. It has been about 75 years since fewer than 30,000 people have died on our nation’s roadways in a given year. We need bold action and leadership to change the patterns of planning, designing, building, and behaving that have led to this situation. At the core of the American problem with traffic deaths is prioritizing speed, traffic flow, and convenience for people using single occupancy vehicles. We need to value the experiences of everyone, starting with the most vulnerable, to make a lasting change and reclaim America’s leading role in traffic safety.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to someone else’s negligence contact the experienced Indianapolis Bicycle Accident attorneys at Tabor Law Firm today.