According to several recent studies, bicycling is growing in popularity, especially among adults and those in older age groups. Unfortunately, this increase has also lead to an increase in bicycle injuries and deaths.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) noted that the number of bicycle injuries has jumped dramatically in recent years. The study found that between 1998 and 2013, the number of biking injuries among adults age 18 and older increased by 28 percent. At the same time, the number of hospital admissions for cycling injuries more than doubled.
The injuries that are bringing bicyclists into the hospital are much more serious than simple scratches and bruises. The JAMA report noted an increase in head trauma from 10 percent to 16 percent during that same timeframe.
Furthermore, older adults are suffering the most severe injuries, with the most significant rise in bicycle injuries occurring among those 45 and older.
Another study published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found that the number of bicycle deaths has shifted from children to adults. The greatest increase in bike-related deaths occurred for those between the ages of 35 and 45.
Bicycling can be a dangerous activity, especially for older populations who simply do not handle or recover from injuries like those who are younger.
With more and more bicyclists competing with more motor vehicles on the roads, the need for safety is greater than ever. Bicyclists should always wear a helmet and other protective and noticeable gear that can help their visibility. When sharing the road with other vehicles, use defensive riding techniques to protect yourself.
If you are injured in a bicycle accident, our team of experienced personal injury lawyers in Cincinnati can help you get the compensation you need to get back on your feet.