FATALITIES INVOLVING BICYCLES: A NON-RANDOM POPULATION

Bicycle riders constitute a small subgroup of all roadway deaths. Bicycle/motor vehicle collision fatalities are less frequent than pedestrian/motor vehicle fatalities. Studies have shown that non-fatal injuries of bicyclists are not randomly distributed, but follow age and sex trends that differ in the U.S. and Scandinavia. Although the bicycle-related fatalities reviewed herein do not constitute a complete profile of all such cases within our geographic area, review of these cases does provide insight into the non-random population of fatally injured cyclists in urban and rural America. A retrospective demographic and forensic medical review of 36 bicycle-related fatalities was done to clarify features of this non-random population. Consistent features including age and sex, patterned injuries and risk-taking behavior are discussed. Three of 24 (12%) adult cyclists died of homicidal gunshot wounds.

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    American Society for Testing and Materials

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  • Authors:
    • Hawley, D A
    • Clark, M A
    • Pless, J E
  • Publication Date: 1995-3

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00728967
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 2 1996 12:00AM