Older Bicyclists at Higher Risk of Injuries, Fatalities

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Older bicyclists, especially those above the age of 50, may be at a much higher risk of suffering serious or fatal injuries in accidents.

Older bicyclists, especially those above the age of 50, may be at a much higher risk of suffering serious or fatal injuries in accidents. That is confirmed not just by number of studies, but also by data presented by the federal administration.

In 2011, according to data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bicyclists between the age of 45 and 54 had some of the highest accident fatality numbers. In this category, 130 bicyclists were killed in bicycle accidents in 2011. The risk of being injured in accidents or killed in accidents was very high in the 55 to 64 age category, and in this group, 98 bicyclists were killed in accidents in 2011. In the 65 to 70 category, 50 persons died in bicycle accidents in the same year.

In fact, bicycle accident fatality numbers seemed to increase with the age of the bicyclists involved. For instance, according to the data in 2011, 27 of those who were killed were between 10 and 15 years of age. 44 bicycle accident fatalities were between 16 and 20 years of age, 42 fatalities were in the 21 to 24 age category, and 59 fatalities were in the 25 to 34 age category. 72 fatalities belonged to the 35 to 44 age category.

Older bicyclists may not be more likely to be involved in an accident, but could be at a higher risk of suffering fatal injuries in an accident. That is because of age-related physical changes that may make these persons more vulnerable to injuries in an accident. For instance, the same kind of injuries may affect a 25-year-old bicyclist differently from a 75 or 80-year-old bicyclist. In the latter case, the injuries could even be fatal or have long-term consequences.

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Mountain Biking Injuries Increase during Summer

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Over the next few weeks, thousands of adventurous Californians will hop on to mountain bikes for a vacation ride on rough mountain terrain. However, many of those bikers will also suffer serious injuries.

Over the next few weeks, thousands of adventurous Californians will hop on to mountain bikes for a vacation ride on rough mountain terrain.  However, many of those bikers will also suffer serious injuries.

As many as 7.1 million people now participate in mountain biking.  The data comes from the Outdoor Foundation, which also estimates that when people are bicycling around rough and bumpy terrain, there is a heightened risk of suffering an injury.   The injury risks of severe because bikers may not realize that what is a fun pastime actually conceals many injury hazards.  The problem is that many people who take to mountain bicycling for recreation may not completely appreciate the injury risks involved.

You can reduce the risk of suffering an injury during mountain biking by using the right kind of equipment.  There have been great advances made in the design and manufacture of mountain bicycling equipment, including better braking as well as features that reduce the overall impact of injuries.

Back in 2001, National Electronic Injury Surveillance System data indicated that the number of mountain biking injuries had dropped by as much as 56% since the 1990s.  In 1995, there were 23,000 mountain biking-related injuries that were recorded by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.  By 2007, the number of injuries had dropped to just 10,000.  This was even though there was an increase in the popularity of the sport, and an increase in the number of mountain bikers. This drop in injuries was mainly due to better and safer equipment.

Some of the most common injuries that vacation injury lawyers find during mountain biking are traumatic injuries, facial injuries, fractures, and soft tissue injuries.

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Pomona Bicyclist’s Death Focuses Attention on Local Safety Issues

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The death of a Cal Poly student in a Pomona bicycle accident has once again sharply focused attention on bicycle safety in the area. According to several bicyclists who choose to bike to campus, safety has been neglected in this area.

The death of a Cal Poly student in a Pomona bicycle accident has once again sharply focused attention on bicycle safety in the area.  According to several bicyclists who choose to bike to campus, safety has been neglected in this area.

According to Cal Poly Pomona students, they have time and again brought these safety problems to the attention of the university administration, but to no avail.  No attention has been paid to the matter.  The students say that they have asked for several safety measures to be implemented along bicycle-magnet roads like Kellogg Drive, but all of these pleas have gone neglected by the administration.

Recently, these serious issues of bicycle safety in the campus were brought to light by the death of a 21-year-old student, who was struck by a car when he was bicycling on Kellogg Drive.  The accident took place on February 28.  The student died of his injuries just a few hours later.

According to several former residents, conditions on the campus are unsafe for bicyclists.  Almost every day, there is a near-miss accident incident that really brings home to residents how dangerous the area is for bicyclists.  Residents are calling for a number of bicycle safety measures to be implemented, including installation of biking lanes.

The severe shortage of bike lanes makes it unsafe for bicyclists to bike around campus.  Bicycle safety advocates have also called for traffic calming strategies as well as the installation of stop signs that can promote safe driving.

Many people choose to bicycle to campus because bicycling offers the most convenient route to campus.  According to university officials, they have implemented a number of measures to make the campus safer for bicyclists and for all other kinds of traffic.  But Pomona residents, students and bicycle accident attorneys would like to see more measures introduced to reduce the incidence of speeding motorists.

 

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Study Confirms Importance of Wearing Bicycle Helmets

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According to a study conducted by researchers in Canada, bicyclists who are wearing helmets are at a much lower risk of suffering serious or fatal head injuries.

According to a study conducted by researchers in Canada, bicyclists who are wearing helmets are at a much lower risk of suffering serious or fatal head injuries.  The research was conducted in the province of Ontario between January 2006 and December 2010, and involved cyclists between the age of 18 and 83.

The researchers found in their analysis of fatal accidents that cyclists who had a fatal head injury in an accident with a motor vehicle, were approximately 3 times less likely to have been wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, compared to cyclists who suffered other fatal injuries.  The results of the study which have been published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, only confirm what bicycle accident attorneys already know.

For years now, experts and bicycle accident attorneys have recommended that bicyclists always wear approved helmets to reduce the risk of suffering serious or fatal injuries in an accident.  A bicyclist has very little protection against head injuries, and may be at risk of severe head trauma during an accident.  The only way to reduce the risk of suffering such injuries is to wear a helmet every time you ride.

It is especially appropriate that the study was conducted in Canada because that country has struggled with low levels of bicycle helmet use.  Legislation involving bicycle helmet use is extremely controversial in Canada, and the researchers believe that the results of the study will spur more bicyclists to wear helmets while riding.

In the state of California, bicyclist helmet laws apply only to persons under the age of 18.  Any bicyclist of this age group must wear a helmet while riding a bicycle.  The helmet must be properly fitted, and must meet federal standards.

 

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