New Study Reports Nationwide Increase In Bicycle Accidents
Over the last few years, bicycles have become more popular –as a form of transportation, as a form of exercise, and as a form of recreation. However, this sudden popularity has also resulted in more accidents. A new study conducted by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) reports that bicycle accidents have significantly increased in the U.S., with many serious injuries occurring among riders older than 45.
Over the 17-year study period, medical costs for bicycle injuries, both fatal and non-fatal, have exceeded $237 billion. In 2013, alone, total costs resulting from bicycle accidents amounted to more than $24.4 billions. The UCSF study reports that bicycle injury costs have steadily risen since 1997. There has been a significant increase in emergency department visits and hospital admissions.
The study also found that although most bicycle accidents in the past resulted from non-street accidents, the current culprit for most bicycle accidents are vehicles. In other words, street bicycle accidents, especially those involving motor vehicles, represents a greater portion of the costs associated with bicycle crashes. The reason is that bicycle accidents that involve vehicles increase the severity of the impact of the crash and the severity of the injuries to the rider.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
Motor vehicles provide important safety features to passengers, such as seatbelts, airbags and steel frames. On the other hand, bicycles provide riders with or no safety in the event of an accident. When a rider is involved in a motor vehicle crash, he or she will feel the impact of the car directly on their body. This case result in serious injuries, including:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Head or brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Bruising and lacerations
- Severed or amputation of limbs
- Internal organ injuries
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident that was caused by another party, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced accident attorney who specifically handles these types of accidents can help you get the full compensation that you deserve.
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The legal team at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas is dedicated to helping our injured bicycle accident clients reach the best monetary settlement when they are involved in bike type of accidents.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle vehicle accident and seriously injured, our experienced Orange County bicycle accident attorneys are available to personally review your case. Call us at 1-888-848-5048 to schedule a free, complimentary consultation with our legal team today.