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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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Are E-Bikes More Dangerous than Normal Bikes?

A 24-year-old electric bicycle rider was injured recently in San Diego when he was struck by a vehicle. He pulled into the path of a car after failing to yield but fortunately is expected to be okay. This incident begs the question: are the advantages of E-bikes, namely their ability to zip along at higher-than-average speeds with little input from the rider, actually a danger to the riders? Analyzing the Safety of E-Bikes Because E-bikes fall in the middle ground between pedal bicycles and motorcycles, there are some unique dangers to them. Here is a short list: Applying too much throttle from a dead stop, a major cause of E-bike accidents, can easily send a rider to the ground. Fortunately, because these accidents by nature occur at stops or very low speed, injuries tend to be minor. E-bikes are very quiet, so a rider may activate the throttle without knowing…
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