Crash prevention technology is something that comes as an optional feature on almost every new vehicle in the United States now. While many understand that it can greatly reduce car crashes, little is ever mentioned about its potential to curb bicycle accidents.
An Insurance Institute for Highways Safety (IIHS) report published in 2015 captured how cars' crash prevention technology has greatly reduced the incidence rate of rear-end crashes. At the time of their report, their researchers noted that these systems could do a better job of spotting bike riders though.
Their research showed that if these crash warning systems were perfected, then nowhere close to the 3,300 riders that were killed in bicycle crashes in between 2008 and 2012 would ever happen again. During that five-year period, 74 percent of the bicyclists who died were killed when a motorist crashed into them with the front of their car.
While studying crash prevention technology in 2015, IIHS researchers determined that at least 45 percent of all bicycle-vehicle crashes involved a motorist striking bicyclists from behind. They determined that this statistic could have been greatly reduced had this technology simply been more effective picking up on them.
These types of crashes don't appear to be the ones most likely to be fatal though.
Data compiled by the IIHS shows that one of the deadliest types of motorcycle crashes involves a bicyclist riding out in front of a motorist driving straight in their direction. This accounts for 22 percent of all bicycle fatalities. Accidents that involve a bike rider getting struck as they turn in front of vehicles are often deadly as well.
Automobile technology companies aren't the only ones that have been trying to do their part to curb the rates of bicycle crashes. Los Angeles city planners and California transportation officials have begun reworking infrastructure by adding more bike lanes and redesigning intersections to make them safer for bicyclists. Even still, bicyclists continue to die in crashes.
If you've lost someone dear to you in one, then an attorney who provides experienced representation and personal attention is who you'll want handling your case.