Florida Bicycle Accident Prevention: Does Your Child Always Wear a Helmet?

by Carmen Dellutri on June 20, 2011

Florida bicycle injury lawyerNearly 630 children are injured due to bicycle-related crashes in the United States every day. However, research shows that while many children now own bicycle helmets, most still don’t wear them regularly. According to SafeKids.org, approximately 50 percent of US children between 5 and 14 years old own a helmet, but only 25 percent report always wearing it while bicycling.

Bicycle helmets are proven to be effective in preventing deadly head injuries. Consider the following:

  • Bicycle helmets prevent 52 to 60 percent of bike-related head injury deaths (for all ages), as well as an estimated 68 to 85 percent of nonfatal head and scalp injuries, and 65 percent of upper and middle face injuries, even when misuse is considered.
  • Universal use of bicycle helmets by children ages 4 to 15 could prevent between 135 and 155 deaths, between 39,000 and 45,000 head injuries, and between 18,000 and 55,000 scalp and face injuries annually.
  • Helmet use can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent and severe brain injury by 88 percent.

Given the overwhelming evidence above, the most effective way to protect your child from a tragic Florida bicycle accident is to make sure he or she always wears a helmet. Bicycle safety is particularly important in the summer because research shows that 54 percent of child bicyclist deaths occur during warmer months (May - September).

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.

 

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