Children used to be the demographic group at the biggest risk of getting hurt or killed in a bike crash, because bicycles were primarily used for recreation by children. Now, however, biking has become more of an adult sport and more of a common method of commuting. This has consequences as there are more bicycles on major roadways and more older people riding bicycles on a routine basis.
As the number of adult riders has increased, there has been a significant rise in both injuries and deaths in bike accidents within the older demographic groups. In many cases, these riders are hurt or killed because they are on main roads and cars do not respect their right to be there.
When a bicyclist is involved in a car accident and is hurt or killed by a driver who is careless, the biker or his surviving family members can pursue a case for monetary damage. An Atlanta bicycle accident attorney can provide legal representation to help crash victims get the justice and compensation they deserve.
Bicycle Accident Risk Rising for Seniors
The increased risk of bicycle crashes for older cyclists was discussed recently in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Sentinel also provided information on recent data revealing increased bike crash risks among adult riders.
The data revealed there were more than double the number of people admitted to hospitals in the United States in 2013 for bike-accident injuries compared with the number of people admitted to the hospital after bike crashes in 1998. The most significant increase in hospital admissions resulting from bicycle accidents occurred in adults aged 45 or older.
Data also shows rising death rates in bike crashes among older drivers. The number of children being killed in bike collisions declined dramatically over the past four decades; however, three times as many people between the ages of 35 and 54 are now killed when riding bikes.
There are many reasons for the increases in deaths and serious injuries among older riders. The increase in the number of people using bikes to commute, resulting in more people on the roads, is just one factor. Another big issue is older adults tend to be more prone to getting badly hurt or dying due to bike accidents. In fact, the chief resident of urology at University of California, San Francisco warned in a published study on the rise in bike crash risks that: “when someone who is 60 falls down, they are going to absorb that impact much differently than someone who is 20.”
Motorists on the road need to be aware there is a greater chance they will encounter an adult bicycle rider. Drivers need to exercise caution, pay careful attention, and share the road with bicyclists so they can avoid accidents that could lead to serious injuries or fatalities. When drivers engage in careless actions on the road and become involved in a collision with a bicyclist, crash victims and their loved ones need to understand their legal options.
The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent victims after a bike collision. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.