Below is West Australian government data concerning the average length of hospital stays by nature of cyclist injuries from 1981 to 1995.|
Mandatory bicycle helmet legislation was enforced in Western Australia from 1992.
Some injuries are likely to be more severe than others and therefore more costly in terms of hospital stay. Injuries with a long average length of stay include spinal injuries, lower limb fractures, all other fractures (including multiple fractures) and skull fractures.
The small number of cyclists hospitalised with spinal injuries (0.7% from 1981 to 1995) resulted in large fluctuations in the average length of stay for this injury over time. This was mainly due to a single admission in 1981-1983 with a length of stay of 330 days.
Although intracranial injuries accounted for the largest proportion of bicycle-related injuries, these did not result in a high average length of stay. The highest average lengths of stay, apart from spinal injuries, were from lower limb and other/multiple fractures.