Risk factors for fatal bicycle accidents

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) most recent statistics from 2013, at least 900 bicyclists lost their lives and over 494,000 suffered bicycle-related injuries that year. Their data from 2010 suggests that the resulting loss of productivity and medical costs associated with that level of catastrophic injury equates to approximately $10 billion.

Of all populations, teens ages 15 through 19 and adults 40 and older are most apt to be involved in bicycle accidents. Children, teens and young adults, or those aged 5 through 24, have the highest potential of becoming involved in non-fatal bike accidents. In fact, this demographic makes up one-third of all bike accident victims seen by emergency room doctors in the United States.

As for gender, males are most prone to be either injured or killed in bike accidents. Most bicyclists that die as a result of their involvement in an accident do so away from intersections and in urban areas.

In an effort to reduce the risk of bicyclists becoming involved in accidents, one recommendation that the CDC makes is that all bicyclists wear helmets. Doing so is a particularly effective measure for reducing a bicyclist's risk of brain or head injuries if they're involved in an accident.

Another recommendation they also make centers around bicyclists wearing reflective clothing to make themselves more easily seen at night. Equipping the bike itself with a front white light and rear red one can increase the visibility of the bike itself as well.

Bike accidents have decreased considerably in recent years due to improved road engineering, such as the addition of bike lanes. Despite this, not all areas have them. Even in areas where they do, all it takes is a motorist crossing that line for a bicyclist to be injured of killed.

If your loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident in Vista, California, or the surrounding areas, then a personal injury attorney can advise you of your rights to recovery for the injuries your family member suffered.

Source: cdc.gov, "Bicycle safety," accessed May 17, 2017

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