An overview of injured bicyclists in traffic accidents: Analysis of traffic accident database in Latvia for the period 2010-2014

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Abstract

The Latvian national road accident statistics show that the situation is now critical for vulnerable road users', who are involved in half of injury accidents that occur on the roads, with cyclists making up the second largest category. In this paper, cyclist injuries have been analysed from the road safety accident database in Latvia for the years 2010-2014. The annual rate of injured cyclists increased from 344 injured cyclists in 2010 to 527 in 2014. Only 22.7% of cyclists were involved in accidents during twilight or darkness, but at the same time the fatality rate was higher during this times. Out of all injured cyclists, 54.5% were younger than 35 years, although the fatality rate was higher for those cyclists aged 55 years and older. Of the total number of cyclist accidents, 48.2% occurred in summer, between June and August, 22.7% occurred on a wet road surface, and 35.2% occurred during overcast, fog or rain weather conditions. Out of 75 fatalities, 70.6% involved at least one other vehicle, while one cyclist died in collision with a pedestrian. Cyclist injury risk was associated with demographical, traffic-related, visibility and road infrastructure factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages1-7
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2016 International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury - Malaga, Spain
Duration: 14 Sep 201616 Sep 2016

Conference

Conference2016 International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury
Abbreviated titleIRCOBI 2016
CountrySpain
CityMalaga
Period14/09/1616/09/16

Keywords

  • Bicycle injury
  • Cyclist
  • Injury accident
  • Road safety
  • Vulnerable road user

Field of Science

  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type

  • 3.3. Publications in conference proceedings indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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