Prince George’s County Leads in Fatal Bicycle Accidents
Local jurisdictions are not doing enough for bicycle safety. Last year, P.G. County had 36 fatal bicycle accidents. The District of Columbia had 25, and Montgomery county was third at 21, followed by Fairfax County with 19.
Part of the increase is due to shear numbers. Bicycle ridership has quadrupled in the past decade. But a bigger factor is the lack of adequate bicycle infrastructure. The U.S. is way behind Europe in biking facilities.
The final factor is distracted driving, which is responsible for an increasing number of deaths and injuries. Checking phone and social media records is now a major part of accident investigation.