Cycling isn’t the only vulnerable mode of transport in Elkhart County.
Motorcycles can also be vulnerable to much larger autos, as can horse-drawn carts and buggies, frequently used by the Amish community.
Following are some numbers from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, detailing the number of mishaps involving each mode of transport over the years. The numbers pertain to incidents investigated by the sheriff’s department:
Bicycles: So far in 2013, there have been eight crashes involving bicycles, resulting in three deaths. In all of 2012 there were 16 accidents leading to three deaths, according to sheriff’s department and Elkhart Truth records.
The figures for earlier years were 15 crashes and one death, 2011; 14 crashes and one death, 2010; five crashes and no deaths, 2009; 16 crashes and no deaths, 2008; and 20 crashes and three deaths, 2007.
Motorcycles: So far in 2013, there have been 49 accidents involving motorcycles, with two deaths. In all of 2012, there were 59 crashes causing four deaths.
The numbers for earlier years were 33 crashes and three deaths, 2011; 32 crashes and four deaths, 2010; 39 crashes and two deaths, 2009; 55 crashes and five deaths, 2008; and 45 crashes and four deaths, 2007.
Mopeds: So far in 2013, there have been nine accidents involving mopeds, while in all of 2012 there were 19 crashes. None either year caused fatalities.
There were 20 accidents in 2011 and 10 in 2010, with one fatality each year. There were six accidents in 2009, seven in 2008 and six in 2007, with no fatalities any of the years.
Animal-drawn vehicles: There have been 16 crashes involving horse- and other animal-drawn carts, buggies and other vehicles so far in 2013, none causing deaths. There were 20 in 2012, none causing deaths.
There were 16 accidents in 2011, leading to two deaths, according to sheriff’s department and Elkhart Truth records. There were 10 accidents in 2010, causing no fatalities, while records before that were not immediately available.
The Elkhart and Goshen police departments didn’t immediately provide similar statistics for crashes handled by each entity.
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