Cyclists in Montana face extra threats when sharing the road with motorized vehicles. Not only do they have very little protection, but they’re also going at a much slower speed. Their small size can make them hard to spot as well, which culminates in a recipe for potential disaster.
Needless to say, with the increased risk of accidents comes an increased risk of injury. The American Family Physician shows that there are numerous ways for bicycle injuries to occur, running the spectrum from single-person accidents to crashes with other vehicles. The type of injury varies wildly according to what was hit, how fast the rider was going, and other factors. Smaller crashes commonly include things like scrapes, bruises, skin burns, and perhaps broken bones due to the rider impacting with the ground.
The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) meanwhile shows that bike accidents are frequently lethal. Compared to motor vehicle accidents, they take up a very small portion of the overall crashes. However, bicyclists have a higher chance per crash of being severely harmed or even killed. Broken bones, punctured or damaged organs, and other traumatic impact injuries can severely threaten a person’s life. Additionally, brain trauma can occur especially if the bike rider was not wearing a helmet.
Biking is a fun and enjoyable activity for many, but the risks of biking around busy streets must be acknowledged properly. The injuries that can result from any accidents are severe and can impact a bike rider for the rest of their lives.