Bicycle and Large Truck Accident Deaths Increase
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic has reported that fatalities in 2011 dropped 1.9% to their lowest level since 1949. However, deaths of bicyclists and occupants of large trucks rose sharply last year. Bicyclist deaths jumped 8.7% and deaths of occupants of large trucks increased 20%. In addition, more people died in distraction-related crashes, up 1.9% compared with 2010, and motorcycle deaths also rose 2.1%.
Jonathan Adkins, deputy executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association (which represents state highway safety agencies), said the increase in bicycle deaths probably reflects more people riding bicycles to work and for pleasure.
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