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Cost of Bicycle Crash Injuries on the Rise

Bicycle Crash

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.

As 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 for bicyclists. 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
  • Speeding
  • 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.