Hilton Head Island, South Carolina is reporting a drop in bicycle/car accidents for the first part of 2012.  At the end of July 9 wrecks had been reported since the beginning of the year.  This is down from the 16 accidents last year, and 14 accidents each year before that for the first part of the year since 2007.

Of the 9 accidents so far this year, 5 resulted in injuries, with only 1 being serious, a broken leg.  There have been no fatalities reported this year.

The town attributes this drop to an ongoing campaign to make the island bicycle friendly.  The town spends $1 million annually, adding 2 miles of new bicycle pathways each year, according to Town Traffic Engineer, Darrin Shoemaker.  Almost all major intersections now have push-button signals that stop traffic for pedestrians and bikers.

Hilton Head Island earned a silver medal form the League of American Bicyclists last year as a Bicycle Friendly Community.  This is rare in the southeast.

The island boasted 20,000 to 30,000 bicyclists in June and July of this year.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a bicycle/car accident, please contact the Kerr Law Firm.  You may also email us at info@kerrlf.com.  We offer a free consultation and would be honored to assist you with your case.