This week has been designated as Bicycle Helmet Safety Week. Bicycle Helmet Safety Week is an awareness campaign designated to help prevent injuries, particularly head injury and brain injury, and save lives by encouraging individuals to wear their helmet while bike riding and making them aware of the serious dangers and consequences if they do not wear a helmet and become involved in a bike accident.
The Michigan bike accident attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent bicyclists injured in all types of accidents, including car, truck, motorcycle, and hit and run. The personal injury law firm is a large advocate of this week as they see the tragic outcomes of a bicycle accident every day and understand the importance of wearing a helmet while riding and the protection it provides, especially to children.
In fact, a recent study by the Boston Children’s Hospital reveals that about three quarters of the people who die in bicycle crashes each year die from head injuries. When an individual wears a helmet while riding, the head injuries that may result may not be as catastrophic if a helmet is worn. In fact, the National Center for Statistics and Analysis cites, “Bicycle helmets are 85%-88% effective in eliminating or reducing fatalities and head injuries from bicycle accidents.”
Even with this known statistics, in 2009 alone, a study showed that 91 percent of bicyclists of all ages did not wear a helmet. This percentage is why Bicycle Helmet Safety Week is so important.
Besides wearing a helmet, there are other ways a bicyclist can protect themselves to help avoid accidents with motorists. These safety tips include:
- Wear bright clothes - bicyclists should wear bright colored clothing and reflective gear even during the day to increase your visibility to motorists
- Check for traffic- before entering or crossing any intersection, street, or driveway, make sure traffic is clear
- Avoid wearing headphones- in some cities this is illegal but may not be strictly enforced, even so, wearing headphones while biking can be dangerous because of your inability to hear your surroundings.
- Be aware of parked cars- people can open their doors at the most inopportune times. Make sure you allow yourself enough room to react.
To learn more about the bike accident injury attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. call toll-free at (800) 606-1717 or visit the law firm website at http://www.buckfirelaw.com/