Bicycle crash deaths are not as high as they have been in the past decade, but any bicyclist fatality is of great concern. Bicycle deaths make up approximately 2% of all traffic related deaths. To get this number to zero where it belongs, it will take more effort both from the bicyclists and all vehicle drivers. Most drivers when asked why they pulled out in front of bicyclist state: "I never saw him/her." This is true because many drivers do not look for cyclists (both bicyclists and motorcyclists have this problem), especially when distracted or in a hurry. Many drivers are looking for cars and trucks, and they just fail to perceive that they are putting a bicyclist in danger. Drivers need to correct this and pay special attention to cyclists and pedestrians, since they are particularly vulnerable. But cyclists also need to be aware that drivers may not see them and drive defensively around cars. Finally, then need to recognize that it is illegal to operate a bicycle under the effects of alcohol; and that alcohol is involved in 37% of all bicycle related deaths.
An integral part of practicing safe bicycle riding is wearing a helmet. Helmets can provide extra protection should you hit your head in an accident; and it can also prevent fatalities and severe injuries. It is not required by law for a bicycle rider above the age of 16 to wear a helmet, but it is strongly encouraged in order to prevent bicycle related injuries.