For many people in the State of Colorado, bicycling is more than just a simple hobby. The state’s beautiful scenery and bike-friendly atmosphere, in fact, make cycling one of the leading modes of transportation. And it is very easy to see why bicycling is so popular. It is a far more environmentally friendly and wallet-friendly alternative to driving, along with being a fantastic form of exercise. Plus, as most everyone already knows, Colorado lends itself to some pretty spectacular views. With all these factors in mind, it is only natural for more and more people to integrate bicycling into their daily lives.
Unfortunately, bicycling does not come without its own set of risks—especially in a car-dominated world. As the number of bicyclists increases, so does the number of people at risk of being injured in a cycling accident. Although bikes and cars are both legally recognized as vehicles, it is clear to see that a bicyclist is much more vulnerable than a driver.
Perhaps it comes as no surprise, then, to know that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently reported that approximately 48,000 bicyclists were injured in the United States in the year 2013 alone. Most of these accidents involved injuries to arms and legs, and many of them even resulted in broken bones.
With such statistics in mind, bicyclists should be extra careful in taking all possible precautions before they get on the road. They should also empower themselves by learning about some of the more common problems cyclists may face, in the unfortunate event that anything ever happens to them. In this blog post, we will go over all of the above and more.
There are many different types of injuries that may lead to broken bones in a cyclist. Most of these injuries occur as a result of a vehicular collision. In other words, they result from an accident between a cyclist and a driver. In any case, the treatment and recovery process for a broken bone injury depends primarily on the type of break and its severity.
As anyone with a broken bone injury can tell you, there is more than one type of bone fracture. When it comes to cycling, victims may suffer any of the following:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 1,000 bicyclists died from accidents in 2015 alone. Additionally, the number of bicycle-related injuries neared 467,000. Certain groups may be more at risk for being injured or killed in such accidents. The group with the highest rate of bicycle death, for example, is adults aged 50 to 59 years.
However, it is children (5-14 years) and adolescents (15-19 years) who have the highest rates of nonfatal bicycle-related injuries. They account for over a third of all bicycle-related injuries in U.S. emergency departments. Furthermore, men die six times more often and are injured four times more often on bicycles than women.
Finally, it is important to note that most bicyclist deaths tend to happen in urban areas. Data from the CDC suggests that such deaths happen most frequently in non-intersection locations. And 37% of all bicyclist deaths involve alcohol involvement on behalf of either the driver or cyclist.
The good news is that there are many different ways you can prevent bicycle-related injuries and fatalities. In fact, you probably take many of these precautions already! The most obvious thing you can and should do is wear a bicycle helmet. This applies to riders of all ages and experience levels. Make sure that your helmet is properly fitted, so you can be sure it will not slide around and make things worse in the event of a crash. Many jurisdictions even have bicycle helmet laws in order to encourage helmet use and reduce crash rates. Avoid any fines and prevent any accidents by taking just that one easy step.
Cyclists should also always take care to make themselves and their bikes as visible as possible. This is especially important to do during low visibility conditions, such as riding in the nighttime or in the fog. Many clothing companies make fluorescent clothing specifically for this purpose and can catch the eye much more than regular clothing during the daytime. There is also retro-reflective clothing available for bikers during nighttime. Also, improve the visibility of your bike by including front white lights, rear red lights, or other lighting as needed.
Bicycling is a fun and popular pastime that is only going to continue to grow in popularity, especially in the state of Colorado. This makes learning how to navigate the roads safely a top priority for all cyclists. If you have recently been involved in a cycling accident, we at Injury Victim Law may be able to help. Though we are a Colorado-based law firm, our team of investigators and experts is ready and available to help all personal injury victims across the country. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced nationwide cycling accident attorneys. Let us fight for you.