The truth is that anyone on a bike in and around San Diego may face an increased risk of being involved in an accident, but cycling to work has been connected to a longer lifespan and better health overall, according to a research published in a British medical journal.

Even though it’s becoming more popular, cycling to work is not without risk. Even though more bicycles are on the streets of San Diego than ever before, accidents and injuries are still all too common. Drivers not prepared to share the road or those not paying attention can cause deadly injuries when they strike a cyclist.

Compared with taking public transport or driving, bicycling to work has been associated with a much lower risk of premature death, cancer, and heart disease. According to the study, the health benefits of cycling to work are even more powerful than walking.

Being knocked off your bike or being doored, when someone leaving a parked car opens the door into the path of a bicycle, for example, can lead to major injuries such as the cyclist being flipped over the handlebars. Furthermore, bikers are much more vulnerable to be hit by distracted drivers, putting them in harm’s way.

The number of bicycle accidents in the United States accounts for up to 2% of all traffic fatalities. Although some of the most dangerous cities for biking fatalities were Albuquerque, Tulsa, Las Vegas and Phoenix, biking accidents still occur all throughout San Diego as well.

The health benefits associated with biking, according to a study published in Preventive Medicine, finds that in anywhere but the most polluted locations in the world, it is better to bike than to use any other way to get to work. If you have been injured while cycling to work you may have grounds for a personal injury claim and can be assisted by a knowledgeable San Diego bike accident lawyer.