Outdoor enthusiasts who live in San Diego have good reason love the great weather that we get to enjoy all year long. The wonderful climate affords many opportunities for going out and getting in shape. Bicycle riding is a favored means of both exercise and transportation. In fact, an increasing number of adults are using bicycles to ride to their jobs.

It’s not just young people who are pedaling around town and in their neighborhoods. Older riders are also taking advantage of what riding has to offer. With this uptick in ridership, there has also been a rise in the number of accidents sending people to emergency rooms.

According to a prominent medical journal, between the years of 1998 and 2013, the number of hospital admissions related to bicycle injuries increased more than twofold. Cyclists ages 45 and above represented the largest increase.

An even more disturbing trend has been revealed. According to a weekly publication, the mortality rate has tripled among bicyclists who are 35 to 54 years old.

There have been a number of factors attributed to these statistics, including ill-advised riding at excessive speeds by older cyclists. Also, it is simply easier for older riders to suffer more serious injuries in falls than their younger counterparts.

Another possible factor, negligent motorists, could also be placing these cyclists in danger. Any cyclist who is struck by a motor vehicle faces the prospect of suffering serious or fatal injuries. In such circumstances, reckless or inattentive drivers should be held accountable for the pain they have inflicted.

If you have lost a family member in an auto-bicycle accident, a California personal injury attorney could represent your interests as you pursue justice and compensation for damages. While financial compensation can never make full amends for your loss, the money it provides can help take some of the sudden economic burdens off your shoulders.