It’s bicycle riding weather and with the increase in this activity comes the increase in head injuries. Experts want people to know they can prevent severe head injuries by wearing bicycle helmets, so although the helmet cannot prevent an accident in the first place, it can save the rider from facial injuries, traumatic brain injuries, severe head injuries, and death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that less than fifty percent of bicycle riders in the United States wear bicycle helmets and in 2013 there were a reported 494,000 Emergency Room visits and nine hundred fatalities due to bicycle injuries!
While some believe the bicycle helmet’s design does not lend itself to protecting riders, studies have contradicted those critics by showing that helmeted riders involved in bicycle accidents were seeing less head and facial trauma. If it is better to be safe than sorry, wearing a bicycle helmet is recommended and parents should start their children with the habit very young so that it becomes automatic from childhood on.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a bicycle accident, please contact Inserra & Kelley Law Offices as you may be entitled to compensation. Inserra & Kelley’s attorney, Craig Kelley, is a bicycle enthusiast who started a Chain Gang group in Omaha, Nebraska. He is active in advocating and defending bicyclists of Nebraska and Iowa.