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Are bicycle accidents really more costly than occupational ones?

A study, recently published in Injury Prevention by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), highlights how the rates of bicyclists out on the road has increased in recent years. As the number of bikers has gone up, the annual expenditures of Americans on crash-related injuries has also increased.

What body part is most likely to get hurt in a motorcycle crash?

Just a few years ago, the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) analyzed the hospital records of at least 1.2 million who'd suffered injuries in motorcycle crashes. In at least 30 percent of all cases, motorcyclists suffered injuries to either their feet or legs. In another 22 percent the cases reviewed, the motorcyclists suffered either neck or head trauma.

LA's Union Station Bicycle Improvements Coming

With construction starting as early as 2018, Union station will make improvements to its pedestrian and bicycle access. Union Station will have a bicycle hub capable of storing almost 200 bicycles. The lockers and racks can be rented at rates of $5 per week or up to $60 per year. Additionally, wider sidewalks and bike paths will be installed to allow for greater foot traffic around Union Station and safer access through the Alameda Street entrance. Currently, LA Metro does not have train cars dedicated to transporting bicycles, making travel by bike inconvenient.

Why are motorcyclists 50 and over most likely to die in a crash?

Recent data, compiled by the National Institute for Highway Safety, shows that currently, at least 35 percent of all motorcyclists who die in crashes are at least age 50 or over. This is a significant shift from the same data compiled in 1975.

What are ways in which you can help yourself avoid a bike crash?

While using your bicycle to get around may be the best option if you live in a high traffic-area and want to maneuver through traffic quickly, it's not known as the safest method of transportation. Bicyclists may be difficult for most motorists to see, especially at night. Oftentimes, motorists think they have the right of way over them, even if they're really supposed to be sharing the road with them instead.

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