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Cycling or bicycling is one of the most popular activities in the United
States today, and statistics show that it also can be dangerous. The American
Association of Neurological Surgeons' website states that the #1 cause of head
injuries, which are treated in emergency rooms in the United States, is bicycling-related
injuries (see www.aans.org).
Every year, more than 500,000 people visit emergency rooms in the United
States with bicycle-related injuries. Within these visits, nearly 85,000
were head injuries in 2009. There are about 600 deaths a year, with two-thirds
being attributed to
traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
Protecting Injured Bicyclists
It is estimated that up to 85 percent of head injuries can be prevented
through proper usage of certain-approved helmets that fit properly.
The following facts/statistics are from
Safe Kids USA:
- Head injury is the leading cause of wheeled sports-related deaths and the
most important determinant of permanent disabilities after a crash.
- Without proper protection, a fall of as little as 2 feet can result in
a skull fracture or other TBI.
- Approximately 50 percent of U.S. children between 5 and 14 years old own
a helmet, and only 25 percent of children report always wearing it while
- Universal use of bicycle helmets by children ages 4 to 15 could prevent
45,000 head injuries.
- Helmet use can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent and severe
brain injury by 88 percent.
- 8 states and the District of Columbia require children to wear a helmet
while participating in wheeled sports, such as riding on scooters, in-line
skates, or skateboards.
Bicycling-related injuries also can occur when other drivers do not obey
the rules of the road.
Serious injury crashes can occur when drivers do not see a bicyclist or do not yield
the right-of-way to a bicyclist, as required by law.
Bicycling-related crashes and injuries also can occur due to
bicycle component failure, such as the unexpected failure and breakage of a carbon fiber frame,
due to a manufacturing or design defect in the frame.
Get Help from an Experienced Lexington Injury Lawyer
Attorney James Vaught of
James Vaught Law Office, PLLC has been an avid bicyclist for many years, and he is interested in speaking
with you. If you or a loved has been injured while bicycling,
contact attorney James Vaught today for a
free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your rights and your questions.