One way to reduce bicycle related injuries is to wear a helmet. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 91 percent of bicyclists who were killed in 2009 were not wearing helmets. The United States Department of Transportation estimates that 75 percent of children fatalities from a bicycle accident could have been prevented by a helmet. Overall in 2001, 314,600 children who were 14 and under ended up in emergency rooms for bicycle accident related injuries, out of them 47 percent were diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury.
Wearing a helmet dramatically decreases the risk of sustaining a head or brain injury in the event of an accident. Here are some safety tips to make sure your helmet fits properly.
- Do not buy a helmet to “grow into,” make sure it fits correctly now
- Make sure the helmet fits snuggly and does not move side to side
- The helmet should be low on your forehead, two finger-widths from your eyebrow
- The side straps should form a Y under the ears
- Make sure the chin strap is tight; the space should not exceed the fit of one finger underneath
- If the helmet was involved in an accident or no longer fits, it is time to purchase a new helmet
Riding a bicycle is one of the milestones in a child’s life. Following these safety tips can help prevent bicycle related injuries by protecting the head and brain.
If you sustained a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, head injury lawyers at Burnetti, P.A. may be able to help. For more information call 1-888-BURNETTI or fill out a free case evaluation at https://www.burnetti.com.