Older Americans at High Risk of Bicycle Accident Injuries

A new study by researchers at the University Of California San Francisco, found a significant increase in in serious injuries among senior bicyclists. According to the data, between 1998 and 2013, there was an increase of 28% in bicycle injuries among all adults, and much of that increase was driven by senior citizens. Injuries involving persons above the age of 45 increased by 81% to a total of 32% of all bicycle-related injuries during the study period.

None of these injuries were minor injuries. Hospital admissions for bicycle-related injuries increased by 120% for all adult bicyclists while the rate of head injuries increased to 16% of all injuries. Senior citizens unfortunately accounted for a significant proportion of these statistics.

There has been a push to promote bicycling among senior citizens, not just for the exercise benefits, but also to penance emotional and mental health for senior citizens. However, that increase in senior bicycling rates has come at a price. As more senior citizens join the bicycling population, it’s important for Denver authorities to pay even more attention to improvements in bicycle infrastructure. More numbers of bicycling lanes, promotion of helmet use among bicyclists, as well as greater awareness of bicyclist rights as well as bicyclist education, can help prevent many bicycle accidents every year.

For help filing a claim after an accident, speak to a Denver bicycle accident attorney. Claims must recover compensation for medical expenses, as well as the long-term health consequences of an injury. Schedule a free evaluation of your claim by a Denver bicycle accident attorney.

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.