When it comes to bicycle accidents, who is more prone wrongful deaths, men or women? The Guardian Weekly claims that in London, 10 out of 13 cyclists who died last year were women, with eight of those bicycle accidents involving heavy goods trucks.
Our firm’s personal injury attorneys in San Diego are concerned about people getting hurt or losing their lives in a bicycle accident regardless of their gender, age, or race — they are all human beings with the potential to get injured!
When it comes to bicycle accidents, are women more likely than men to get killed?
Transport for London’s road safety department leaked a report three years ago that that showed data between 1999 and 2004 which stated that 86% of female cyclists were struck and killed by trucks. For male bikers, only 47% of bicycle-related deaths involved trucks.
In 2009, the Cyclist Touring Club (CTC), a UK-based cyclists organization, claimed that 10 of the 13 cyclists who died in bicycle accidents were women hit by large trucks. What’s questionable about the data is that there are three times as many male cyclists in London than there are female ones.
The school of thought — and not a popular one, at that — says male riders are not as vulnerable as female riders, who tend to be less confident in making a move on the road and being aggressive when it comes to biking. Some claims say that since male bikers are more likely to run red lights and stay out of the blind spots where women tend to hang in the back and are not seen as easily.
Others, like Mark Ames, author of the ibikelondon blog, say it doesn’t matter what gender the cyclist is. Deadly bicycle accidents involving trucks have to do with the trucks, themselves.
“It is less about how you ride and what you ride and more about how other road users have to look out for the most vulnerable,” Ames said. ”It seems ludicrous that this scheme encourages lorries to come roaring out of their yards fully laden with goods into the morning rush hour peak: the very time when the most cyclists are making their way to work.”
It seems like more and more people are taking to the roads these days on two wheels. Education needs to come in tandem with this new surge of alternative motorists, both for cyclists and automotive drivers alike. Everyone should be educated about not only their mode of transportation, but every other kind they are likely to encounter on the road.
Biking on the road is dangerous these days and our firm’s personal injury attorneys know it doesn’t matter what country you live in or what gender you are — if you get hit by a car, you are in serious trouble.
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