Bicycle Helmet Safety Facts

Bicycle Helmet Safety Facts
Few things are more important to your continued safety while on a bike than a good helmet. Head trauma is one of the most likely injuries of a bicycling accident and the results are often devastating. Wearing a helmet at all times has been proven to keep you safer while on the road.

Victims

The average composite victim of bicycle accidents resulting in death is a male riding on a busy street in the evening without a helmet.

Injuries

Every year, 67,000 bicyclists report to the emergency room with head injuries. A little more than one-third of these will require hospitalization.

Protection

It is estimated that a bicycle helmet can prevent 45 to 88 percent of brain injuries experienced while riding.

Expense

It is estimated that injuries afflicting riders not wearing helmets costs $81 million every year.

Laws

As of 2009, about half of the states in the U.S. require bicyclists on the road to wear helmets.

Article Written By Louie Doverspike

Based in Seattle, Louie Doverspike has been a professional writer since 2004. His work has appeared in various publications, including "AntiqueWeek" magazine, the "Prague Post" and "Seattle Represent!" Doverspike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamilton College.

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