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Data on Risk Management Reported by Researchers at University of Granada

February 21, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Weekly News -- Investigators publish new report on Risk Management. According to news reporting originating in Granada, Spain, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "This study aimed to estimate the association of cyclists' age and sex with the risk of being involved in a crash with and without adjustment for their amount of exposure. We used the distribution of the entire population and cyclists (total and non-responsible) involved in road crashes in Spain between 1993 and 2009 held by the Spanish National Institute of Statistics and the Spanish General Traffic Directorate to calculate rates of exposure and involvement in a crash."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Granada, "Males aged 45-49 years were used as the reference category to obtain exposure rate ratios (ERR) and unadjusted crash rate ratios (URR). We then used these values in decomposition analysis to calculate crash rate ratios adjusted for exposure (ARR). The pattern of ARR was substantially different from URR. In both sexes the highest values were observed in the youngest age groups, and the values decreased as age increased except for a slight increase in the oldest age groups. In males, a slight increase in the lowest and highest age categories was observed for crashes resulting in severe injury or death, and a decrease was observed for the youngest cyclists who were wearing a helmet. The large differences between age and sex groups in the risk of involvement in a cycling crash are strongly dependent on differences in their exposure rates."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Taking exposure rates into account, cyclists younger than 30 years and older than 65 years of age had the highest risk of being involved in a crash."

For more information on this research see: Association of cyclists' age and sex with risk of involvement in a crash before and after adjustment for cycling exposure. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2014;62():259-267. Accident Analysis and Prevention can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Accident Analysis and Prevention - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/336)

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting V. Martinez-Ruiz, University of Granada, Dept. of Stat & Operat Res, Granada 18012, Spain. Additional authors for this research include E. Jimenez-Mejias, J.D. Luna-del-Castillo, M. Garcia-Martin, J.J. Jimenez-Moleon and P. Lardelli-Claret.

Keywords for this news article include: Spain, Europe, Granada, Risk Management

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