As a father of three young children, I am well aware of bicycle safety, especially as it pertains to helmet use. Many people think that small children experience most bicycle injuries.
These people are mistaken. Now, don’t get me wrong. Children of all ages should definitely wear helmets while riding their bikes. However, 90 percent of bike related deaths happen to riders age 14 and older.
Small children actually can handle a head trauma better. Expert would say it’s because they don’t have as far to fall and are likely not driving as fast as someone who is no longer a small child.
In contrast, teen and adult bike riders often ride alongside cars, trucks and buses, and at greater speeds than small children. Auto/bicycle collisions account for most of the serious trauma. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, recent statistics show that over 600 bicyclists died on U.S. roads in 2009 and more than 50,000 bicyclists suffered injuries.
Most parents, like myself, are pretty good about making sure their children wear helmets while riding their bikes. When it comes to themselves or older children, they, like myself, are not so good. Far less than half of parents riding with their kids to school wear helmets. As kids get older, the percentage of kids who wear helmets goes down drastically. It’s no wonder that there or more serious head injuries and deaths among riders who are no longer small children.
Many of our personal injury law firm’s clients over the years have been involved in auto/bicycle collisions. Many suffered traumatic brain injuries after experiencing a bicycle accident. Some still struggle with neurological challenges which could have been avoided with helmet use and bike safety. So, if you ride a bicycle, follow the rules of the road, and always wear a helmet. You’ll be protecting yourself and setting a good example for our youth.