Why should bikers wear helmets?
Riding a bicycle provides a way for kids and adults to exercise and travel to school and work. All bicycle riders should wear helmets to provide head protection in case of an accident.FactsWearing a helmet helps protect a bicycle rider from head injuries. If a helmet is worn it can absorb some of the impact instead of the rider’s head. Wearing a helmet is the best protection a rider can have to prevent or lessen the severity of head injuries.InjuriesWearing a helmet prevents brain injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says if all children ages 4 to 15 wore helmets while bicycling, 39,000 to 45,000 head injuries could be prevented each year. Wearing a helmet is 85 to 88 percent effective in reducing head injuries and deaths.LawTwenty-one states have laws requiring the use of helmets for children when riding a bike. There are no states with laws requiring adults over the age of 18 to wear a helmet.DeathAccording to the University of Maryland Medical Center, 75 perc