Study Confirms Importance of Wearing Bicycle Helmets

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According to a study conducted by researchers in Canada, bicyclists who are wearing helmets are at a much lower risk of suffering serious or fatal head injuries.

According to a study conducted by researchers in Canada, bicyclists who are wearing helmets are at a much lower risk of suffering serious or fatal head injuries.  The research was conducted in the province of Ontario between January 2006 and December 2010, and involved cyclists between the age of 18 and 83.

The researchers found in their analysis of fatal accidents that cyclists who had a fatal head injury in an accident with a motor vehicle, were approximately 3 times less likely to have been wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, compared to cyclists who suffered other fatal injuries.  The results of the study which have been published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, only confirm what bicycle accident attorneys already know.

For years now, experts and bicycle accident attorneys have recommended that bicyclists always wear approved helmets to reduce the risk of suffering serious or fatal injuries in an accident.  A bicyclist has very little protection against head injuries, and may be at risk of severe head trauma during an accident.  The only way to reduce the risk of suffering such injuries is to wear a helmet every time you ride.

It is especially appropriate that the study was conducted in Canada because that country has struggled with low levels of bicycle helmet use.  Legislation involving bicycle helmet use is extremely controversial in Canada, and the researchers believe that the results of the study will spur more bicyclists to wear helmets while riding.

In the state of California, bicyclist helmet laws apply only to persons under the age of 18.  Any bicyclist of this age group must wear a helmet while riding a bicycle.  The helmet must be properly fitted, and must meet federal standards.

 

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