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Bike Accidents Rising Sharply

Bike Accidents Rising Sharply
  • More older Americans are riding bikes and more of them are also having accidents.

    According to a new study bicycling accidents have risen sharply in the U.S. between 1998 and 2013 and, in particular, riders over the age of 45 sustained the most injuries. 

    For the study, researchers analyzed injury data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System – a system that samples 100 emergency departments in the U.S. for bicycle-related injuries among people 17 and older. They also combined data from the U.S. Census and estimated injury incidence per 100,000 people.

    Their findings showed:

    • Between 1998-1999, there werer 96 injuries per 100,000 people.
    • By 2012-2013 that number rose to 123 injuries per 100,000 people.
    • Head and torso injuries became more common over time, while extremity injuries became less common.
    • By 2013, 42 percent of injuries were in cyclists over age 45 as compared to only 23 percent in 1998.

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