The average composite victim of bicycle accidents resulting in death is a male riding on a busy street in the evening without a helmet.
Every year, 67,000 bicyclists report to the emergency room with head injuries. A little more than one-third of these will require hospitalization.
It is estimated that a bicycle helmet can prevent 45 to 88 percent of brain injuries experienced while riding.
It is estimated that injuries afflicting riders not wearing helmets costs $81 million every year.
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.