Posted by Daniel Clayton in Personal Injury
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, riding a bike without a helmet significantly increases a bicyclist’s risk of sustaining a head injury in the event of a crash. I have seen studies asserting that wearing a helmet can reduce head-injury chances by 85%. Of course, the most significant head injuries are those involving brain bleeds and skull fractures. Intracranial bleeds can cause death or catastrophic injuries.
In 2010, more than 600 people on bicycles were killed in collisions with motor vehicles across the country, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. At least 70 percent of the victims were not wearing helmets.
Other than motor vehicle accidents, bicycle injuries are linked to more childhood injuries than any other product.
Don’t Forget the Helmet!
If you are a bike rider – always wear a helmet. Tennessee does require those under the age of 16 to wear a helmet while riding a bike. (To view helmet laws listed by state, please visit www.iihs.org. This site also provides the statistics for cycling fatalities). Naturally, it is important to make sure the helmet fits properly. If you’re not sure if it fits, then ask a pro.
In Hermitage, I recommend The Bike Pedlar, owned by Kerry Roberts. (http://www.facebook.com/bikepedlar)
In Franklin, a great bicycle shop is MHB bike shop (http://macsharpethbikes.com). A couple of weeks ago, I bought a bike from them - and they were awesome!
Also, you might try Harpeth Bikes (http://harpethbikes.com).
Tags: Bike Accidents, Personal Injury, Catastrophic Injuries