I spoke with a guy who just retired after nearly 40 years as a paramedic.
He told me that he couldn't count the people he had to shovel off the street who were hit from behind by drunk drivers.
According to the national stats, getting hit from behind is not as big a concern for cyclists as getting hit by a car turning into them.
According to this seasoned paramedic IN THIS AREA, however, the biggest and most deadly risk is getting hit from behind by a drunk driver.
Of course, we have people driving here with 14 DWI offenses (yes, we do! And they keep raking them up). Even the worst drunken driving killing offenses never result in more than a year in jail. Maybe that explains the imbalance of getting hit from the rear.