Fatalities involving bicycles: A non-random population

D. A. Hawley, M. A. Clark, J. E. Pless

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Bicycle riders constitute a small subgroup of all roadway deaths. Bicycle/motor vehicle collision fatalities are less frequent than pedestrian/motor vehicle fatalities. Studies have shown that non-fatal injuries of bicyclists are not randomly distributed, but follow age and sex trends that differ in the U.S. and Scandinavia, Although the bicycle-related fatalities reviewed herein do not constitute a complete profile of all such cases within our geographic area, review of these cases does provide insight into the non-random population of fatally injured cyclists in urban and rural America. A retrospective demographic and forensic medical review of 36 bicycle-related fatalities was done to clarify features of this non-random population. Consistent features including age and sex, patterned injuries and risk-taking behavior are discussed. Three of 24 (12%) adult cyclists died of homicidal gunshot wounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-207
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1995


  • autopsy
  • motor vehicle accident reconstruction
  • motor vehicle accidents
  • pathology and biology
  • pattern recognition
  • patterned injuries
  • postmortem examinations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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