Head Injuries and Bicycle Safety: Know the Risks
Over 67 million Americans have been bicycling in the past year, but fewer than half wear helmets when they ride, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2010 alone, over 800 bicyclists were killed and over 515,000 were injured badly enough to need emergency room treatment. Over 26,000 of these injured riders were children or adolescents who suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI) – and who were not wearing a helmet when they rode.
Traumatic brain injuries cost U.S. families over $48 billion each year in medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Most TBI survivors are under age 30 and will live a normal life span, but a brain injury may leave them with lingering disabilities that require extensive rehabilitation, physical therapy, and support in areas of life like basic care and employment.
According to the Center for Head Injury Statistics, 75 percent of all bicyclists who die in bike crashes each year die from head injuries. The Center for Head Injury Statistics also estimates that 85 percent of traumatic brain injuries in bicycle accidents could have been prevented or lessened in their impact if the victims had been wearing a helmet at the time of their crash. And in 2013, a study by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons found that of all sports, bicycling was the number-one sport for head injuries.
The experienced Plainsboro Township bicycle injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. are dedicated to helping our New Jersey neighbors bicycle more safely – and to protecting our clients’ legal rights when someone else’s negligence causes harm. Contact us today to learn more about helmet laws and bike safety.
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