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Bike Accidents Rising Sharply

Bike Accidents Rising Sharply
  • Bicycling accidents have risen sharply in the U.S. between 1998 and 2013, according to a new study. In particular, riders over the age of 45 sustained the most injuries related to bicycling.

    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 every two years. They also combined data from the U.S. Census and estimated injury incidence per 100,000 people.

    Their findings showed:

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

     

    Although cycling has gained popularity in the U.S., the country lacks a safe cycling infrastructure in many areas, when compared to the Netherlands or Denmark, which have lower cyclist injury and fatality rates. Cyclists should be aware of risks and follow the rules of the road to reduce possibility of fatal injuries.

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