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Bike accidents more common than thought

Published tisdag 9 juli 2013 kl 11.22
"Sometimes it wouldn't be an errand for the police"
(4:21 min)
File photo: Tomas Oneborg/Scanpix

Ten times more people are seriously injured in bicycle accidents than previously believed, according to new statistics by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB).

The figures show that 3,500 cyclists annually get such serious injuries in accidents that they have to be cared for in hospital for a minimum 24 hours.

Jan Schyllander, who investigates accidents for MSB, says that the entire traffic security work is built on misleading statistics.

A total of 23,000 people in Sweden have to get medical care after biking accidents each year.

Co-author Robert Ekman says they looked into real hospital statistics to find the information, many incidents being seen as too small to trouble the police with, or with no other cars or cyclists involved.

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