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Bicycle Helmets Are For Children AND ADULTS

July 12, 2013

Bicycle Helmets Are For Children AND ADULTS

We have seen so many injured bicyclists among the thousands of injured clients represented by our law firm, and thought we would revisit the topic of bicycle safety.

Statistically, a “typical” bicyclist killed on our roadways is a sober male over the age of 16, not wearing a helmet, riding on a major road between intersections, and traveling in an urban area on a summer evening when struck by a car.

The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute (www.helmets.org) reports that 91 percent of bicyclists killed in 2009 reportedly weren’t wearing helmets.

Highlights of U.S. statistics available from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
Traffic Safety Facts – 2011 Data (released in April 2013 and still the most recent)

* 677 bicyclists died on U.S. roads in 2011.
* 48,000 bicyclists were injured in traffic in 2011.
* Bicyclists 15 and under killed in 2011: 85.
* Average age of a bicyclist killed on U.S. roads: 43.
* Fatal crashes typically were urban and not at intersections.

These statistics clearly show that helmet use will significantly reduce the risk of injury and death involving a bicycle accident, and that helmets are certainly not only for children. The cost and burden of wearing a helmet is nothing when compared to the benefit it provides. Helmets can save lives, and can prevent significant bodily and cerebral injuries.

For details on how we can assist those involved in bicycle collisions, please contact us.

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