Here at Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors we really love bicycles. Not only is riding one a great way to stay fit, but it also good for the environment. It is too bad then, how many people out there neglect to wear a helmet. Here you are participating in this really great, fun activity, but putting your body, and more importantly your brain at risk.
Now, you might be thinking, “What’s the big deal? It is my choice to wear a helmet or not” to which we would respond, “WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?! Your life is a pretty big deal, is it not?” Falling off a bike can result in more than just skinned knees and a few bruises; it can mean significant and/or fatal head injuries.
In 2010, 800 bicyclists were killed, and another 515,000 were estimated to have sustained bicycle-related injuries that required emergency care. Roughly half of those injuries were to adolescents under the age of 20, and of those, 26,000 were cases of traumatic brain injury.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when “a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain.” The severity of a TBI can range from ‘mild’ (a brief change in mental status or consciousness) to ‘severe’ (amnesia or an extended period of unconsciousness).
Of the literally millions of American cyclists out there, only half of them are wearing helmets. Now, it is in fact your choice whether or not you want to wear a helmet. Our question is, why would you not? A helmet is your best bet against protecting yourself from a TBI. This is particularly important for children. Even a quick ride just a block or two over can have disastrous consequences if you are not adequately prepared.
So please, wear your helmet. Ask that your children wear theirs. We can’t prevent all accidents, but we can decrease our risk.
Sources –Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury
Head Injuries and Bicycle Safety
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