Bicycling is good for the heart, waistline and weight control. For these reasons, it comes as no surprise to see that many people are joining the cycling trend. Bicycling has seen its greatest increase coming from middle-aged Americans who enjoy the sport for fitness, commuting or adventure. Sadly, bicycle accident injuries and hospitalizations are increasing as popularity for the sport spreads throughout the adult population.
Research shows that with an increase of adults riding bicycles comes a higher risk for injury among older cyclists. The Journal of the American Medical Association notes that bicycle injuries increased by 28% and the number of hospitalizations increased by 120% between the years 2008 and 2013. Researchers reported that Americans over the age of 45 who were injured while riding a bike jumped from 23% in 2008 to 42% in 2013.
Older bike riders sustain more severe injuries that may result in hospitalizations, as compared to younger bikers. Although arm and leg injuries are common inbicycle accidents, cyclists may be suffering more severe injuries which has influenced the increased hospitalization rate, as noted by the bicycle advocacy group, People for Bikes.
Motorists share the road with bicyclists who ride next to car traffic and place themselves in dangerous situations. Many communities have embraced cycling with dedicated bicycle lanes, signs, along with trails and paths to accommodate bicycle traffic and minimize interaction between bikers and cars. Cyclists are entitled to the same road safety as vehicles. The high rate of bicycle accidents and injuries shows the need for increased safety and education for bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers.
Cherry Hill Bicycle Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of David Cuneo Focus on Personal Injury Claims from Bicycle Accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, our Cherry Hill bicycle accident lawyers at the Law Offices of David K. Cuneo will provide your family with the legal resources to address your concerns. Bicycle accidents can be complicated and we are experienced and knowledgeable in representing bicycle accident victims in New Jersey. You can fill out an online contact form or call 856-869-9066 to schedule a free case review.