How Effective are Bicycle Helmets in Preventing Head Injuries?

By Peter DePaolis

The unusually warm winter and lack of snowfall might have you taking your bicycle out earlier than usual this year. No matter what time of year you ride your bicycle, it is extremely important that you wear a safety helmet. Unfortunately, many bicyclists do not wear helmets because they lack an appreciation for the risk of head injury. Some bicyclists mistakenly think there is no risk of head injury unless they are riding in traffic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bicycle helmets reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent. In addition, helmets reduce the risk of brain trauma by as much as 88 percent. Further, bicycle helmets can be a lifesaver for children. Federal regulators say that if all children aged four through 15 years wore helmets while riding their bikes, it would prevent between 135 and 155 deaths.

As it stands now, approximately 153,000 people receive treatment in emergency rooms across the country every year for head injuries from bike accidents. The CDC says that if all bicyclists wore helmets it would save one life every day and prevent one head injury every five minutes.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.