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What state has the most bicycle deaths every year? Ours!

bicyclecrash.JPGIt's not a big surprise that California leads the nation, year after year, in bicycle fatalities. We have the most people. We have more bicyclists. We have the most miles of roads and highways of any other state. And we know that the car is king in California.

Driving while buzzed: Marijuana and safety

California is poised to legalize marijuana in a few days, with polls showing a strong majority favoring Proposition 64. So it's time to ponder the impact of legalization on highway safety.

Bicycling accident numbers

According to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 726 bicyclists were killed in 2014 as a result of vehicle accidents. This figure accounts for a little over 2 percent of the number of individuals injured or killed that year due to traffic accidents. Californians who are fond of bicycling may be surprised to learn that about $4 billion is spent on cyclist injuries and fatalities each year.

Bicyclists face serious accident dangers

As bicycle-friendly as some parts of the state are, significant numbers of accidents involving cyclists take place on California roadways. In 2013 alone, bike riders accounted for almost 5 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state, which was more than double the national average. In the three years prior, the number of such fatalities rose by almost 20 percent nationwide.

California man dies after car hits him on bicycle

A Napa County sheriff's deputy found the driver that witnesses said hit and killed a bicyclist on Highway 29 north of Airport Boulevard in early June. According to the alert put out by the highway patrol, the 76-year-old woman driving a 2009 Honda drove off from the scene of the bicycle accident. The deputy pulled her over near American Canyon.

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