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Bicycle Medical Costs Are Increasing

Cycling can have great health benefits for folks of all ages. This athletic activity has become very popular, more so among people age 45 or older. However, the increased popularity comes with rising risks. A study conducted by UC San Francisco over a 17-year period found that with the increased popularity of cycling, medical costs due to cycling accidents increased by $738 million annually last summer. The same study found that in 2014 alone, bicycle accidents cost around $24.4 billion, considering both fatal and non-fatal accidents. The study stated that rising costs were due to increased vehicle traffic, changes in vehicle designs, and increased use of bicycles for community purposes. Outside of increased financial costs, data showed an increase in hospital admissions by 120%. Emergency department visits, especially among men, were found to have the most significant increase in accident costs. Many of these accidents also involved older people ages…
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What Do I Do After a Bicycle Accident in San Diego?

Even if you follow all the rules of the road, you may still be involved in a bike accident involving a negligent driver. Any number of factors can lead to bicycle accidents, from distracted driving to drunk driving, even something as simple as the sun being in a driver’s eyes. Getting into an accident with a car is a frightening experience, but it’s important to stay calm. Your next actions can be crucial in proving that the other driver’s negligence led to your injuries. Here’s a short guide on what to do after a bicycle accident. Get out of the road to prevent further accidents from occurring. Get the driver’s contact information as well as that of any witnesses. If you are unable to due to injury, ask a witness to do so and text/email it to you. Take a photo of the driver’s license plate, a photo of the…
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Cycling Injuries Are on the Rise

A study recently published in the journal Injury Prevention put a price tag on the injuries caused by bike accidents from 1997 to 2013. Medical costs for nonfatal crashes during that time increased, on average, $789 million every year. In 2013 alone, the total cost was $24.4 billion, roughly twice as much as the cost for all occupational illnesses. The study’s authors point to the changes in bicycle accidents over time as a reason for these increasing costs. In 1997, 46 percent of bicycle accident injuries occurred on a street. In 2014, nearly 67 percent did. Bike accidents that take place on streets come with several factors that can lead to severe injury and, as a result, higher medical costs. One major contributor is the velocity of the crash impact. Streets could also predispose to more injuries because they are often synonymous with high population density areas. Another factor in…
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