Four people have been killed in Wisconsin bicycle accidents as of June 2, according to state Department of Transportation numbers. Only one bicyclist died in 2012 during the equivalent period.
The good news: traffic deaths overall are down. There have been 167 fatalities on Wisconsin roadways through June 2 – down from 211 at this time last year.
Many bicycle accidents could have been prevented. Operator error – by the bicyclist, motorist or pedestrian – is the cause of more than 90 percent of bicycle crashes.
Between 10 and 20 percent of bicycle accidents involve a motor vehicle. These cases often result in death or injury, with head injuries being the most frequent – and devastating – injury when bicycles collide with motor vehicles.
Brain injuries can be significantly reduced by correctly and consistently wearing a helmet. Statistics show that more than 85 percent of severe head injuries could have been avoided if the cyclist had been wearing a helmet.
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