Bicycle Helmets Save Lives
With summer approaching quickly, some children will receive a new shiny bicycle. They should also receive a new bicycle helmet. Do you know that more than 51,000 bicyclists have died in traffic accidents throughout the United States since 1932? Bicycle helmets are 85% to 88% effective in mitigating head and brain injuries, making the use of helmets the single most effective way to reduce head injuries and fatalities resulting from bicycle crashes. Unfortunately, despite the fact that nearly 70 percent of all fatal bicycle crashes involve head injuries only about 20 -25% of all bicyclists wear bicycle helmets. The first bicycle helmet law was passed in California in 1986 and became effective in 1987. This law was amended in 1994 to cover everyone under 18. To date, 21 States, the District of Columbia, and at least 149 municipal localities have enacted age specific bicycle helmet laws. Most of these laws cover bicyclists under 16. The statistics show that using a bicycle helmet will indeed give riders a better chance of a non-serious injury if involved in an accident. It should be a no-brainer that if you are riding a bicycle regardless of your age, that you should wear a helmet. It is just a good idea to wear a bicycle helmet while on the roads. Ever see the geared up, professional bike riders, riding alone or in packs? Ever see any of those people lacking a helmet? No. Bicycle accidents happen more often than you’d think. It makes sense that you’d want to protect yourself and wear a helmet. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us by calling (888) 467-0312 or visit us online at http://www.oliveroslaw.com with all your legal needs.