Bicycle Helmets: Why You Always Need to Wear One
Remember when you were little and your mom would always make you wear a helmet? You thought it was stupid. One day you’re riding your bike with your friends without your helmet to be cool to your friends when it happens: you hit a hole in the road and you fall off your bike. You hurt your knees and your elbows. You don’t notice until you get home you have blood on your forehead. Headaches ensue for weeks and you now have a scar on your head from that bike accident.
This is a watered-down version of a head injury caus
ed by a bike accident but you get the point. Helmets protect you from minor and severe head injuries in accidents. Here are hard facts to show you:
Facts About Bicycle Helmet
Many facts that deal with helmet safety are somewhat startling. It’s crazy how many people get hit while on a bicycle. Here are statistics we found:
- 45,000 bicyclists were injured in traffic related accidents in 2105.
- In 2015, 818 bicyclists died on United State roads
- In 2015, more than half of bikers that were killed in a bicycle accident were NOT wearing a helmet.
- Wearing a helmet is the most effective way to prevent head injuries if a bicycle crash occurs.
- Random fact: 37% of fatal bicyclist crashes involve either the driver of the vehicle or bicyclist under the influence of alcohol.
Wearing a helmet will make you safer on the road as you bike. There are other things you can do to be cautious on the road. Wear fluorescent clothing, make sure that you are riding in designated biking lanes and signal when turning or making a lane change! Helmets can save your life if you are in an accident, you might not look cool but you will be safer.
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