Bicycle injuries are on the rise in the United States. The cost to treat
them has also gone up, according to a new study.
The researchers found that emergency department visits and hospital admissions
resulting from adult bicycle trauma increased significantly from 1997
to 2013. In total, approximately 3.8 million non-fatal adult bicycle injuries
were reported during the study period, along with 9,839 fatalities. The
total cost of bicycle injuries over the study period was $209 billion
for nonfatal injuries and $28 billion for fatal crashes.
Reuters reports, the number of non-fatal bicycle injuries rose by about 6,500 annually,
while the total costs increased by an average of $789 million each year.
Over the entire study period, crash-related costs jumped 137 percent for
non-fatal injuries and 23 percent for fatal injuries.
The researchers attributed the rise in bicycle injuries to increasing ridership,
riders 45 and older, and street/highway crashes. “While bicycling
has many health benefits, injuries can be costly and lengthy, especially
for people over 40. Prevention is still the best and least expensive way
to tackle the issue,” said Morteza Asgarzadeh, a researcher at the
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.
Pursuing Compensation for Bicycle Crash Injuries
Unfortunately, bicycle accidents are particularly common in California.
In fact, the state leads the country in bicycle fatalities.
Because bicyclists have very little protection from the impact with a car
or truck, crashes between motor vehicles and bicycles can be devastating
Personal injuries sustained can include broken bones, internal injuries, head trauma, paralysis and
even death. As highlighted above, the costs associated with bicycle crashes
are often high, and may involve significance medical expenses, rehabilitation
costs, and lost wages.
In many cases, drivers who are responsible may be held accountable for
injuries that occur. Examples of motorist negligence include:
- Opening a vehicle door without checking bike lanes
- Driving impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Turning or switching lanes without signaling/looking
- Leaving the road and swerving into bike lanes
- Texting or otherwise driving distracted
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a California bicycle
crash, don’t hesitate to contact
a San Diego personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for
a free consultation.