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July 4, 1953

FATAL BICYCLE ACCIDENTS IN THE UNITED STATES

JAMA. 1953;152(10):923. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690100041014
Abstract

Bicycle accidents in the United States annually take about 600 lives, two-thirds of the fatal injuries occurring in the period from May to October, when the weather is most favorable for outdoor recreational activities. According to a recent study,1 9 out of 10 deaths occur among males, with boys 5 to 19 years of age constituting 70% of all the victims in both sexes. Interestingly enough, the concentration of deaths from bicycle accidents among females aged 10 to 14 years was found to be greater than among males; this indicates that young girls, like young boys, are frequently too venturesome. There was, however, an appreciable number of deaths even among older cyclists.

A number of factors contribute to the prevalence of bicycle accidents. Collision with a motor vehicle is by far the greatest hazard in bicycling, being responsible for at least four-fifths of fatalities. Other hazardous practices of bicyclists

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