Do Helmets Really Prevent Brain Injuries?

If you ride bicycles, you probably know you should wear a helmet every time you ride. But helmets can be uncomfortable and clunky, mess up your hair and even make you feel like a dork. If you hate wearing your helmet, you may wonder whether it really is as important as everyone says.

The answer to that question is yes.

In study after study, researchers have proven that wearing a bicycle helmet is always preferable to not wearing one. In one study on the effectiveness of bicycle safety helmets, researchers found that riders with helmets had an 85 percent reduction in their risk of head injury and an 88 percent reduction in their risk of brain injury.

Still not convinced that you should wear a helmet every time you ride? Bicycle accidents are surprisingly common. In 2011, 48,000 bicyclists were injured in traffic accidents. Every time you ride, you put yourself at risk for an accident, so wear a helmet to reduce your risk of brain injury.

Unhelmeted bicyclists also pose an economic risk: The Snell Memorial Foundation estimates that the injuries of unhelmeted bicyclists leave us with indirect costs of $2.3 billion each year, so wear a helmet every time and encourage the people you know to do the same.

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the McMinn Law Firm today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys.