If you are an avid cyclist you may find yourself regularly riding without a helmet. Ones safety when riding can be especially important if you plan on biking anywhere near a motorway. Wearing a helmet can reduce your risk for head trauma during an accident with a vehicle or if you unexpectedly fall off your bike.
If you do not regularly wear a bicycle helmet here are some statistics that could have you changing your habits:
A bicycle helmet can reduce your risk of a serious head injury by 50%.
Cyclists can reduce their chance of suffering a serious head injury by half if they wear a helmet during an accident.
It can reduce your risk of facial trauma:
Many cyclists experience trauma including broken facial bones, missing teeth and more. Rather than risking disfigurement or severe facial breaks, you can reduce your risk with a helmet.
The risk for death in an accident involving vehicles reduces:
A cyclist is far less likely to die from their injury if they are wearing a helmet to protect against brain trauma.
The overall severity of head trauma is reduced:
The severity of head trauma reduces by nearly 80% and this can improve the overall quality of life and lead to a faster recovery for a person that’s been involved in a cycling accident.
Minor head injuries can provide you with negative symptoms that persist long after your accident. Suffering a severe head injury can mean weeks or even months of recovery with ongoing headaches, nausea and vomiting, extra drowsiness and fatigue, blurred vision, sleep complication, mood swings, memory problems, concentration issues and more.
If you are planning on riding a bicycle anywhere near the road or at speed, make sure that you always bring along a helmet.
This post was written by Wendy Doyle-Palumbo. Wendy is a personal injury attorney in Pasco County at Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, Esq. Wendy has over 25 years of experience practicing law and has won several cases in helping those get the compensation that they deserve!