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What risk factors result in bicycle crash injuries?

In studying the efficiency of energy use in the animal kingdom, scientists have discovered that the condor moves with the highest level of effectiveness. A walking human being, on the other hand, operates at a far lower -- almost embarrassing -- level. Put a human on a bicycle, and this efficiency goes off the charts.

It's clear to see why you love riding your bike to school, to work, and just for fun. However, in addition to being energy friendly, efficient and fun to ride, bicycles can also be dangerous. In fact, maybe you're all too familiar with this fact and have already suffered an injury.

Factors that increase the chance of injuries in a bike crash

When analyzing bike crash statistics, statisticians have found some common elements that increase the chances of a bicycle-related injury. These factors include:

  • The gender of the cyclist: Male cyclists tend to get into more injurious crashes.
  • The age of the cyclist: Children between nine and 14 are most at risk of a crash.
  • The time of year: Summer time is when the most bicycle crashes happen.
  • The time of day: Late afternoon to early evening is when visibility is bad, and a lot of bicycle accidents occur at this time.
  • Helmet use: Bicyclists who fail to don a helmet are much more likely to get seriously hurt in an accident.
  • When a car is involved: In a motor vehicle versus bicycle crash, the bicyclist doesn't tend to stand a chance. Catastrophic injuries may result from such an incident.

If you want to enjoy your bike injury-free, you should don a helmet, use a front and back headlight, follow all traffic laws, and be on the lookout for motorists who don't obey the rules of the road or pay attention to cyclists.

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