Injuries to Cyclists Due to a Dog-Bicycle Interaction

In this study, the authors examine patterns of injury associated with dog-bicyclist interaction. Using data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), they identify 35,254 cases of injury to bicyclists in which dogs were involved between the years of 2006 and 2015. Those cases made up about 0.7% of total emergency department bicycle injury visits in the period. About one-half of dog-bicycle interaction injuries involved a dog bite, which most often did not result in hospital admission. More severe injuries resulted from the bicyclist hitting a dog, swerving or otherwise trying to avoid a dog or actively riding alongside a dog. Younger bicyclists were found to be more frequently chased by dogs and more frequently bitten by dogs than older bicyclists. The highest percentage of injuries occurred on the lower extremities of the body, and the street/highway/public property was found to be a more common location for these dog-bicycle interactions than the home.


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  • Accession Number: 01686554
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 22 2018 3:09PM