According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year 550,000 cyclists go to the emergency room after being hurt in an accident. In addition, annually 1,000 individuals die from this. While the type of injuries suffered can vary, in 70 percent of the deaths, head injuries are to blame.
Currently bicyclists under the age of 12 are required to don a bicycle helmet. Some believe that bicyclists of all ages should be required to protect themselves this way. Statistics from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, lend some support the position. The agency reports that brain injuries due to bicycle accidents could be reduced by up to 85 percent via the use of bicycle helmets. In addition, the average age of cyclists who die after a collision involving a motor vehicle is 43.
There is little in the way of protective equipment available to bicyclists. At this point helmets are the best option.
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Whether someone wears a helmet while riding a bike or not, drivers need to be aware of their surroundings and the others they share the road with. When negligence on the part of a driver results in a serious bicycle accident the person injured in it could seek compensation for his or her injuries. When someone dies, his or her family could file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Source: Philly.com, “Bikers, be safe!” Kimberly Garrison, Nov. 5, 2014