Cycling provides riders with a variety of health benefits. It is one of the best forms of cardio exercise. It offers a more affordable alternative to cars and motorcycles. But as convenient as it is, cyclists are also at risks of getting severely injured. Colliding with much larger vehicles is one of the biggest hazards that bicyclists face. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, bicycle injuries can be life-threatening or fatal.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Prevention revealed that more than 900 cyclists were killed and an estimated 494,000 emergency department visits due to bicycle related injuries in 2012. Adolescents and young adults more than 40 years old are highly at risk of getting killed in bicycle accidents. In addition, most bicycle deaths occur in urban areas and at non-intersection locations. The 2012 National Survey on Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behaviors revealed that 29 percent of bike-related injuries were from being hit by a car.
In addition, most accidents were either solo accident or involve collision with an automobile. Bicycle accidents are usually the result of somebody’s negligence. It could either be the driver, cyclist, or both who was responsible for the accident. If the accident was due to poor road conditions and trails, the local government could have some fault for the accident. Cyclists have the legal right to seek damages for injuries they will incur.
To prevent bicycle accidents, bicyclists should see to it that they wear helmets when going out biking. Helmets can reduce the risk of head and brain injuries during a crash. Likewise, cyclists should wear fluorescent clothing to make them visible from afar when riding during the day. At night, they should wear retro-reflective clothing. Safety of bikers has also increased with bike lanes now in place in the road.
Cycling is a good exercise. It is good for the heart and is also an affordable mode of transportation. But it also poses a huge risk on the part of the rider. When cycling on the road, stay safe and take the necessary precautions.Read More