Neurosurgeon AZ Delta about speed pedelec accidents: ‘Have some respect for each other on the road’
In the last five years, the number of speed pedelec accidents has risen from 4 to 80. The neurosurgery department of the AZ Delta in Roeselare receives victims of cycling accidents every week. Also more cyclists with speed pedelecs. Nevertheless, the number of accidents involving a normal bicycle is higher.
“For every accident with a speed pedelec, we see at least 20 to 25 accidents with a regular bicycle. Especially in the summer months, we see one or more bicycle accidents every week with an impact that is sometimes very limited, but unfortunately also dramatic situations with long-term rehabilitation and lasting brain injuries,” says neurosurgeon Dimitri Vanhauwaert.
Less serious brain injuries
A special helmet is mandatory when using a speed pedelec. There are therefore fewer serious brain injuries after an accident. “Because those speed pedelecs are often involved in collisions, we see more fractures of the arms, legs, hips and pelvis.”
Vanhauwaert advocates wider and better cycle paths. But above all, to be more considerate of each other in traffic. “I think it is important to make all road users aware that they are not alone on the road. That there are also new road users. That we have to take each other into account and anticipate and adopt a defensive attitude. Then I think that various accidents will be avoided.”