Wilmington, North Carolina: High Bike Accident Rates Despite Being Bicycle Friendly

Wilmington, North Carolina, was recognized for its bicycle-friendly road designs and ordinances by the League of American Bicyclists in 2011 - so it must be a safe place for cyclists and kids on bikes, right?


According to recent North Carolina bicycle crash statistics, Wilmington and the surrounding area has the most bicycle-car collisions of anywhere in the state.

A study conducted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Division of Bicycle and Transportation as well as the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center found that New Hanover County had the highest rate of bicycle accidents in the state between 2004 and 2008 and the fourth-highest number of crashes in the state.

Wilmington bicycle accident causes

What is the cause of the high number of bicycle accidents in and around Wilmington? Some are quick to point out that the University of North Carolina Wilmington means that thousands of students bike around campus and through the downtown area year-round. Others add that the bike-friendly design of the city makes for a higher number of people who commute on bike and, therefore, more bike-related accidents.

Others, such as some local police officers, believe that the high rate of bike accidents is partially to blame on bike riders who don't abide by the rules of the road or who don't understand when cyclists have the right of way on roads and in intersections. They claim that many accidents are caused by bike riders who run red lights or blow through stop signs. Some area cyclists, however, say that both bikers and motorized vehicle drivers have to be more aware and that the fault of bicycle accidents nationwide is roughly evenly split between bikers and drivers.

Wilmington bicycle accident injury attorney

If you have been involved in a bicycle accident in Wilmington or elsewhere in North Carolina, it is important that you understand who was at fault for your injury as well as who is responsible for related damages. Speak to North Carolina personal injury attorney Brent Adams today about your case to learn more.