Riding a bicycle is such a common activity that many people do not think
about the dangers. Often laws allow bicyclists to choose whether to wear
helmets. Bicycle accidents may not receive as much attention as football
or hockey injuries, but perhaps they should. Bicycle accidents are a major
cause of head injuries.
Research shows that bicycle accidents cause far more traumatic brain injuries
than football injuries do. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons
says that emergency rooms saw 447,000 head injuries related to athletics
in 2009. Of those, 86,000 were connected to bike accidents, 47,000 were
from football injuries and baseball had a hand in about 38,400 injuries.
In children younger than age 14, cycling was the leading cause of head
injuries from sports. The 40,200 injuries children received from cycling
was about double the number they received from football.
Some of the larger numbers has to do with the fact that bicycles are so
common. But a doctor says that people tend to take fewer precautions with
bicycles than they might with other sports. About 90 percent of people
killed while riding bike in 2009 were not wearing helmets, for example.
In addition, bicycle accidents often happen when bikers are hit by cars
or other motor vehicles.
Bicyclists can reduce their risk of head injuries by wearing helmets and
taking basic safety precautions. Follow the rules of the road, choose
safer streets for riding and use a bike lane if one is available.
Source: The New York Times, "
Really? Cycling Is the Top Sport for Head Injuries," Anahad O'Connor, June 3, 2013
Our law firm represents clients who have received brain injuries in the
Los Angeles area. For more information, visit our
bicycle accidents page.