Why Wear A Bike Helmet?
A bike helmet can save your life. The effects of even a minor traumatic brain injury can be debilitating and last for years. Helmets completely prevent or reduce the severity of brain injury in two thirds of cases. Protect your head, face and brain from trauma by allowing the helmet to absorb the force of a fall or crash. Improve your visibility by wearing a brightly colored helmet or a helmet with reflective strips or light can make you more visible to drivers.
Severe brain injuries can have a catastrophic effect on a person’s quality of life. Brain injuries also are the cause of the majority of bicycle accident-related deaths. These deaths could have been prevented with the help of a good bicycle helmet. When you wear your helmet, studies have shown you can reduce your risk of a serious brain injury by up to 88%. Those numbers alone are a great reason to remember your helmet on your next ride.
The U.S. Department of Transportation points out that, over the course of the past few years, only 17 percent of fatally-injured bicyclists were actually wearing helmets. They go on to say that if a bicyclist wears a helmet, they reduce their chance of head injury by 50 percent and the chance of head, face and neck injury by 33 percent.
TOP 10 Reasons to Wear a Bicycle Helmet
- 900 People die each year in bicycle accidents, 75% of them from head injuries.
- 88% of all cyclist brain injuries could be avoided.
- It can help make you more visible
- Some people look really cool in a helmet.
- If you are under 18 years old the law requires it in California
- You won't have to listen to your mother say: "You should have been wearing a helmet," when you wake up in the hospital.
- A head injury can ruin your whole day.
- You like your face, don't you?
- Keep your head warm and dry
- Avoid high medical bills
When you pull your bike out for a ride, don't forget your helmet.