With bike accidents on the increase, many researchers are looking for ways to reduce the number of accidents or at least to reduce the seriousness of accidents. One obvious place to look is at helmet usage. The latest data shows that for every five adults who suffered a head injury on a bike only one of them was wearing a helmet. The stats are even worse for kids and teens: Only one in ten who suffered a brain injury was wearing a helmet at the time.
Keep reading to learn more about this study, what it says about bike riding, and how you can stay safer if you are riding your bike. If you have already been injured in a bike accident then we welcome your call to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
More About the Study
The study was done by researchers at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, along with the University of California, Los Angeles. The study was published in Brain Injury journal and looked at more than 76,000 bike accident victims who had suffered a head injury in the ten year period between 2002 and 2012.
The researchers discovered that just over 21% of men and 28% of women were wearing a helmet at the time of their accident. Only 12% of younger riders were wearing a helmet. The study further looked to find that white people were 27.3% likely to have been wearing a helmet and Asian and Pacific Islanders were 26.6% likely to be wearing a helmet.
Black riders were only 6% likely to be wearing a helmet while Hispanic riders were 7.6% likely to be wearing a helmet. The study further found that black cyclists were 19% more likely to die from head and neck injuries compared to white riders, while Hispanics were 17% more likely to die from the same injuries compared to white riders.
Cyclists of color were also in the hospital longer and in intensive care longer compared to white cyclists. In total, the length of the hospital stay and stay in intensive care was greater for men than women. Injured men were 36% more likely to die from their head injuries compared to women. The main takeaway from all of this research? Cyclists can save their own lives by wearing helmets.
Have You Been Injured in a Bike Accident?
If you have been injured in a bike accident then we urge you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We can carefully assess the case to determine who was at fault and work diligently to hold said at-fault party accountable. Reach out now and we can get started right away.