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Can Bicycle Helmets Actually Prevent Head Injuries?

Most people don’t know that head injury is the most common cause of disability and death in bicycle accidents. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a majority of the 80,000 cycling-related head injuries treated in emergency rooms each year are brain injuries.

Since bicyclists are at risk of serious brain injuries in a bike-related accident, you might be wondering if helmets provide enough protection to prevent serious injuries.

Can Helmets Protect Me?

Yes, helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of serious head injuries related to bicycle accidents, and most state laws require children to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. The CPSC found that the style of the helmet plays a significant role in safety. They found that road helmets, which have an elongated, aerodynamic shape, tend to perform better than round “urban” helmets with fewer vents and thicker shells.

A recent study of the effects of bicycle helmets investigated two important forces related to bicycle accidents: impact and crushing. Their tests showed that a bicycle helmet can reduce up to 87% of the acceleration from impact. In addition, their compression test showed that the helmeted head can withstand up to 470 pounds of force. Bicycle helmets are therefore a critical tool for preventing head injury during bicycle accidents.

Children & Bicycle Injuries

Children are at a disproportionately high risk of bicycle accidents, primarily because of the higher use of bicycles between the ages of 7 and 14. Helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of serious head injury related to bicycle accidents, and most state laws require children to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle.

If you or your child have been injured in a bike-related accident caused by another, contact our California bicycle accident attorneys today at (415) 688-2176 to schedule a consultation!

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