New Jersey may get a bad rap on some issues. But it appears that at least on divorce and bicycle accident related fatalities, we can take a bow. For all the fuss about Jersey Shore, our fine state has the lowest divorce rate in the nation. Now we see that bicycle deaths are super low at less than 2 per million population per year. In fact, in 2011, the last year that national statistics are available, New Jersey experienced only 17 such deaths.
U.S. Department of Transportation statistics show that on average more than 800 bicyclists die and 70,000 are injured in motor vehicle-related crashes. The good news is that the trend is down with only 618 deaths and 52,000 injuries in 2010. There does not seem to be good data regarding how many of these accidents involve a motor vehicle.
More than one-third of all bicycle fatalities involve riders 5 to 20 years old, and 41 percent of nonfatal injuries occur to children under the age of 15.