New Study Reveals a Decrease in Mountain Bike Accident Rate
Hundreds of mountain bikers (off-road bicyclists) from all over the country including Georgia gathered in Sun Valley, Utah for the 2011 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships. The mountain bikers trekked over miles of mountains and otherwise uneven terrain.
While off-road biking is a fun way to remain physically fit and see the Georgia countryside, it can be the source of biking accidents resulting in serious injuries or wrongful death. The good news is that a new study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital reveals that mountain biking accidents are on the decline.
The study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine reviewed mountain biking accident data covering a 14-year period from 1994-2007 and found that mountain bike-related injuries had declined by 56 percent over that period. The number of off-road bicycle injuries fell from a high of 23,000 in 1995 to a low of 10,000 in 2007.
The researchers indicate that some of the decline in mountain bike crashes may be linked to a decline in the number of off-road bicyclists. Those who conducted the research indicate that the substantial reduction in mountain bike collisions may also be attributable to safety improvements in the design of mountain bicycles. Some of these improvements include dual suspension systems and disc brakes that provide a rider with increased control of the bicycle.
The most common cause of bicycle accident injuries when mountain biking were falls and being thrown from the bike. Many people suffer significant injuries, including 27 percent of mountain bikers who suffer fractures of the upper extremities, clavicle, shoulder and lower extremities.
Georgia mountain bicycle accidents may be caused by many factors including:
- Defective mountain bikes
- Speeding drivers
- Motorists that commit DUI
- Unsafe mountain roads
- Riding above one’s skill level
- Aggressive motorists
- Texting drivers or those otherwise distracted
- Inadequate mountain bike maintenance
If you are struck by a negligent driver who is speeding, under the influence or distracted, you may have a personal injury claim to recover financial compensation including medical bills, lost past and future wages, pain and suffering and sometimes even punitive damages. If your mountain bike accident was caused by a mountain bike defect, you may have a claim for similar damages against the manufacturer and the company who sold you the bike under a product liability theory.
Our Georgia mountain bike accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.