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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 bicycling.
  • 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.