E-bikes Show Distinct Pattern of Severe Injuries
Of more than 245 million injuries reported in the study period, 130,797 involved powered-scooter accidents, accounting for 5.3 per 10,000 U.S. emergency department injuries. There were 3,075 e-bike injuries, or 0.13 per 10,000. In addition, about 9.4 million pedal bicycle injuries accounted for 385.4 per 10,000 of all emergency department injuries.
I live a short distance from one of the three major universities in Oklahoma. I’ve learned to drive defensively especially when classes are over and the streets are teeming with students. The other day in a residential 25 MPH area adjacent to campus the car in front of me suddenly hit her brakes.
Student on an e-bike ran a stop sign. She was not wearing a helmet nor did she look in either direction prior to placing herself directly in the path of a moving car.
QuickStats: Death Rates for Motor Vehicle Traffic Injury, by Age Group — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2015 and 2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:167. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6806a8
Underwriters! What age group should we be concerned about?
Crashes are up by as much as 6 percent in Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, compared with neighboring states that haven’t legalized marijuana for recreational use, new research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) shows.
“Why do you need a marijuana questionnaire?”
“Confidential medical information. Besides, I’ve seen her driving record and you haven’t.”
I see them everyday. They walk among us. But worse than that they drive cars.
And they are killing people.
Source: Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting – Bloomberg
Results. The prevalence of prescription opioids detected in fatally injured drivers increased from 1.0% (95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.5, 1.4) in 1995 to 7.2% (95% CI = 5.7, 8.8) in 2015 (Z = −9.04; P < .001). Prescription opioid prevalence was higher in female than in male drivers (4.4% vs 2.9%; P < .001). Of the drivers testing positive for prescription opioids, 30.0% had elevated blood alcohol concentrations (≥ 0.01 g/dL), and 66.9% tested positive for other drugs.
Source: Trends in Prescription Opioids Detected in Fatally Injured Drivers in 6 US States: 1995–2015 | AJPH | Ahead of Print
Houston…we have a problem.
Older Patients & Motor Vehicle Crashes | Physician’s Weekly.
According to current estimates, there are about 30 million licensed drivers in the United States aged 65 and older, but this figure is expected to jump to 57 million by 2030. Studies indicate that drivers aged 65 and older have higher rates of motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) per mile driven. Data also show that older motorists have higher rates of death and serious injury and incur greater costs for acute care and rehabilitation. “MVCs are the second leading cause of injury-related death among adults aged 65 and older,” says Jody A. Vogel, MD, MSc. “As the U.S. population ages, EDs will need to be prepared with appropriate resources and protocols to care for older adult MVC patients effectively.”