Bicycle accident injuries tend to be severe for the cyclist. Cycling is a relatively dangerous activity, being at least 10 times more likely to end in death or serious injury per mile ridden on a cycle compared to a motor vehicle. There are in excess of 100 deaths per annum in Ireland with another 16,000 injured in cycle accidents. Fewer than 10% of road traffic accidents involve cycles however the fatality rate is more that 100 times that of a car driver. Riders of bikes are particularly vulnerable road users and a common injury in cycle accidents is a head injury, even whilst wearing a helmet. In addition, cyclists are usually not protected by heavy duty cycling jackets or other safety gear. Bicycle riders are more vulnerable than any other road user and severe physical injury due to collision with a motor vehicle is not at all uncommon.
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