Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Hit From Behind?
Interesting post and letter from LAB below on BikeDelaware. We need good numbers. In an age of rampant driver distraction, it would not surprise me if the relative proportion of various crash types has changed. Does anyone have a link to modern numbers?
Part of the problem with the letter below is the LAB mixes apples and oranges. The one in four figure is for fatal crashes, whereas the low percentage of rear end crashes is when compared to all crashes.
One could probably argue with some confidence that bicyclists, including myself, are far more interested in mitigating the kinds of crashes that are going to put me six feet under or in an ICU than the type of crash that merely has me nursing some road rash, picking up the bike, and going home. Therefore, yes, I think we really want to know if the percentage of rear end crashes of all types (fatal or non-fatal) are going up, because these are indeed some pretty lethal crashes.