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Cycling accidents: Most head injuries of all sports collisions

Posted by Smiley & Smiley on Jun 10, 2013 2:34:04 PM

As New York City residents adjust to the presence of the Citi Bike program on their already overcrowded streets, many safety concerns have been voiced over whether it is ultimately good for the city to have so many cyclists influencing its crosswalk culture. There are many reasons why a strong cycling presence is good for the city. But is cycling ultimately good for riders?

While cycling is a green form of transportation, is cost-effective and is great for individual heart health, it can pose serious risk of head injury. A recent report authored by experts affiliated with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons has determined that bicycle accidents inspire more head injuries than any other sports-related collisions. Ultimately, this group has determined that cycling causes more head injuries than football, soccer or hockey.

The numbers that the association provides certainly cement this conclusion. In 2009 alone, cycling accidents resulted in 86,000 instances of emergency related care for head trauma. By comparison, football inspired 47,000 such visits for head trauma. Cycling also caused more head trauma in children aged 13 and younger than football did by a wide margin. Children suffered nearly 22,000 football-related head injuries requiring emergency care in 2009, while cycling accidents resulted in over 40,000 related visits for head trauma.

The new bike share program in New York is an appealing addition to the city for many reasons. However, cyclists taking advantage of this program or simply riding on their own should be aware that cycling is a dangerous sport and form of transportation. Failure to abide by safety regulations and to respect the rules of the road could lead to serious injury. Though you may be able to hold negligent motorists legally accountable in the event of an accident, remaining safe and sound in the first place is always ideal.

Source: New York Times, “Really? Cycling Is the Top Sport for Head Injuries,” Anahad O’Connor, June 3, 2013

Topics: car accidents, serious-injury

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