Bicycle Accidents Involving Motor Vehicles: A 10 year study of child mortality and morbidity with an analysis of the role of alcohol in driver and cyclist


A total population 10 year survey of bicycle/motor-vehicle collisions involving injured children (0-14 years) is reported from Queensland, Australia. Two thousand two hundred and ninety consecutive unselected cases have been analysed. Pedal cyclists comprised 97.9 percent, and 2.1 percent were pillion ("doubling") passengers. Fatalities occurred in 3.7 percent of cases and 44.6 percent were hospitalised. Age-specific annual accident rates for child cyclists (5-14 years) were 56.1 per 100,000 population at risk; 83.6 per 100,000 population of bicycle owning children; and 280.5 per 100,000 population of children who ride regularly or occasionally to school (one in 357).

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Type: Research and Analysis Report
Sub Type: Grant
Author(s): Pearn, Clacher, Nixon, Corcoran
Topics: Alcohol, Bicycle, Child
Publication Date: 01/01/89