Schools have let out across the country and that means that there are more kids using bicycles to get around the neighborhood. The statistics when it comes to bicycle accidents are startling. In 2015, the last year that records are available for, 818 bicyclists died on U.S. roads. 7% of those bicyclists were under the age of 14. The act of simply wearing a helmet can reduce the chance of catastrophic head injury by between 66 to 88%.
It is important that parents set a good example and wear helmets themselves, as CBS Local Atlanta reports.
The journal Accident Analysis and Prevention found that between 2006 to 2015, a total of 2.2 million children aged 5 to 17 were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for injuries obtained while riding bicycles.
In more sobering numbers, that equates to 600 children being injured per day, or 25 injuries per hour.
Cuts, bruises, and scrapes to the upper extremities were the most common type of injuries. However, 11% of all the injuries included traumatic brain injuries. Nearly half of the injuries involved children between 10 and 14 years old. Three-quarters of those injured were boys.
A connection between 10- and 14-year-olds being less likely to wear helmets was made in the study, proving that group needs to be particularly encouraged to wear their helmets.
Fewer than half states have any kind of helmet law. Georgia is one of the states that does have a law that requires bicyclists aged 16 years old and younger to wear a ANSI-compliant helmet. There are no criminal penalties for failure to wear a helmet. People over the age of 16 are not required to wear helmets.
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