A study conducted by Georgia Health Sciences University has shown that a bicycle helmet safety and brain injury prevention educational programs increased the likelihood that a child would wear a bicycle helmet, thus preventing brain injury.
The study included 120 children between the ages of 5 to 18 who participated in an educational program. After the program, participants increased their bicycle helmet usage by 72.5% in the month following.
Educational programs like this one may be the key to increasing helmet usage and keeping children safe.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, a bicycle helmet costing as little as $15 can reduce the risk of severe brain damage from a head injury by up to 88%. The CDC estimates that nearly 153,000 children suffer head injuries every year while bicycling.
Seattle Children’s hospital reports that bicycle accidents are the second leading cause of serious injury in school-age children. In the Seattle area, an average of two bicyclists are killed in bicycle accidents every year and more than 200 people are seriously injured.
Bicycle helmet usage among teenagers is almost non existent and only 25% of children between the ages of 4 and 15 wear a helmet.
Seattle, Tacoma, Bremerton and Bellevue as well as King County residents require the use of a helmet while riding a bicycle.
Local Bicycle and Snowboard Helmet Giveaways
Every year, Children’s hospital provides free ski and snowboard helmets for children between the ages of 4 and 18. To find out the dates, times and locations of these community events, check the Seattle Children’s Hospital web-site.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of bicycle accident attorneys at The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in bicycle accidents caused bye the negligence of another and the family of those who have been killed.