Magazine article Work & Family Life

If You're a Biker, Wear a Helmet

Magazine article Work & Family Life

If You're a Biker, Wear a Helmet

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Bicycle accidents account for a surprisingly large number of head injuries. According to the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons, cycling accidents caused 87,000 of the 447,000 sports-related head injuries treated in U.S. emer gency rooms in a single year. That was more than twice the number of head injuries from playing football.

Many states and cities require motorcyclists to wear helmets, but very few demand that of cyclers. Yet the statistics suggest that any decision to ride a bike without a helmet should not be taken lightly.

We're not just talking about children, either. For example, 90 percent of the cyclers killed in the U.S. in 2009 were not wearing helmets, and the majority were middle-aged men. The biggest danger, of course, is colliding with a motor vehicle, and these collisions almost always result in head injuries. …

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