Bike Safety: Finding the Right Helmet

file6691312715979Bicycle helmets can prevent head injuries and save lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 1,000 people die from bicycle crash injuries each year while nearly 550,000 individuals are treated in emergency rooms for injuries that occurred while riding bikes. Head injuries are the cause of 62% of fatalities related to bicycling injuries.

Head injuries can lead to severe complications, such as traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and more. Bicycle helmets can help prevent head injury in a bicycling accident. While the state of Indiana does not legally require cyclists to wear helmets, 22 other states do have this law. Wearing a helmet is an important safety precaution.

When searching for a bike helmet, you’ll want to find one with a smoothly rounded outer shell. Vents mean that there is less foam protecting your head, so you’ll likely want to select a helmet that has a limited number of them. Find a helmet with straps that fits your head comfortably. Consider visibility; darker helmets may not be spotted by motorists.

Check safety standards before making a final purchasing decision. Helmets made for the United States have to meet the US Consumer Product Safety Commission standard; your helmet should include a CPSC sticker on the inside.

A helmet that fits properly can go a long way toward preventing or limiting head injuries in a bicycle crash, so it’s well worth the small investment required.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.