Should cyclists wear helmets to prevent brain injury?

Cyclists who wear helmets are a staggering 58% less likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury.  This is the overwhelming finding of the latest US research, which looked at the records of over 6,000 traumatic brain injury patients involved in a bike related accident.

Brain Injured cyclists do better if they wore a helmet

It is well known that helmets help prevent a bleed in the brain after a cycling accident.  However researchers wanted to know if wearing a helmet also helped those who still suffered a bleed on the brain.  The answer is a resounding yes because those riders not only had a much lower chance of suffering a severe traumatic brain injury, they also were less likely of dying in an accident.

Who does not wear a cycle helmet?

So in the face of the clear findings that cycle helmets save lives, who is not wearing a cycle helmet?  Perhaps unsurprisingly those least likely to wear a bike helmet were aged from 10 to 20 years old and males were least likely to wear a helmet however, helmet use did increase every 10 years.

Head Injury UK: Brain Injury Claim Experts

Whilst many cyclists recognise the protection of wearing a cycle helmet, too many still do not and hopefully the stark facts of this latest research will help more young people to recognise that wearing a helmet is an essential item of cycling kit.  If you or a loved one has been affected by a brain injury caused by someone else and you want to discuss a possible claim, please contact Andy Shaw or call one of our specialist head injury solicitors on 0800 073 0988.

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