Wear a Helmet Warns Jacksonville Personal Injury Attorneys

Statistics relating to bicycle safety help riders understand the importance of wearing a helmet advises Jacksonville personal injury attorneys. Whether riding on the sidewalk, street or while mountain biking, bicycle helmets protect your head and reduce the incidence of traumatic brain injury and death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that less than half of all Americans who ride bicycles wear helmets.  There is now a recent study that backs up the theory that helmets are important and vital to the safety of an individual riding a bicycle.  A new U.S. study suggests helmets cut the risk of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) by half when riders suffer a head injury.  Riders with helmets were also less likely to die from their injuries, and less likely to break facial bones, than those not wearing a helmet, researchers report in American Journal of Surgery.  “It’s similar to wearing a seat belt, said Dr. Jerri Rose, a paediatric emergency physician at University Hospitals’ Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, who was not involved in the study. “Wearing one doesn’t ensure that you’re not going to get in a car accident, but it lowers the risk of injury and of dying in a car accident.”  Millions of Americans ride bicycles, but less than half wear bicycle helmets, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

  • In the U.S., there were 900 deaths and an estimated 494,000 emergency room visits due to bicycle-related injuries in 2013, the study authors write. 
  • Using the American College of Surgeons’ National Trauma Data Bank, the researchers analyzed records of 6,267 people treated in 2012 for bleeding inside the skull after a bicycle accident. 
  • One quarter of patients had been wearing a bicycle helmet at the time of their accident. Just over half of the patients had severe traumatic brain injuries and 3 percent died. 
  • Researchers found that people wearing helmets had 52 percent lower risk of severe TBI, compared to unhelmeted riders, and a 44 percent lower risk of death.
  •  Riders with helmets also had 31 percent lower odds of facial fractures. The upper part of the face, particularly around the eyes, was most protected.
  • Helmets offered less protection against fractures to the lower part of the face, such as the nose and jaw. 
  • Moreover, people who wore helmets reduced their likelihood of having brain surgery, further confirming a certain level of protection with helmet use, the study team writes.  “Using helmets has always been controversial,” said study co-author Dr. Asad Azim, a research fellow in the department of Surgery at the University of Arizona in Tucson. “Critics argue that due to its incomplete design bicycle helmets are of no use and do not protect riders when it comes to severe injuries.”  But “the results of the study say different,” he told Reuters Health by email. 
  • Helmeted riders were more likely to be white, female and insured compared to non-helmeted riders.
  •  Riders aged 10 to 20 were among the least likely to wear a helmet, while those aged 60 to 70 were most likely to wear one.  Getting kids to wear bicycle helmets can sometimes be a battle. When it comes to keeping your children safe, Jacksonville personal injury attorneys want you to know, bicycle helmets are not an option. Starting helmet safety, the moment your child sits on his first tricycle or bicycle is the way to create a lifelong helmet wearer. According to the Livestrong website, the Snell Memorial Foundation and Safety Education Center reports the number of bicycle head injuries annually that require hospitalization “exceeds the total of all head injury cases — including those from baseball, football, skateboards, scooters, horseback riding, snowboarding, ice hockey, in-line skating and lacrosse.”

Accidents involving vehicles and bicycles can involve horrible injuries and significant liability. Bicycle accident claims can be withered down to one issue – who caused the accident?  Did the driver or the cyclist cause or contribute to the accident. If you or a loved one has been in a bike accident, you can contact Edwards & Ragatz for a free consultation (904)399-1609 or (866)366-1609.  www.edwardsragatz.com
Source: http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2016/08/22/423996.htm & http://www.jordantimes.com/news/features/helmets-prevent-severe-head-injuries-bike-accidents & http://www.livestrong.com/article/343526-statistics-for-helmet-safety/

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