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Most kids don't wear helmets during bike accidents

Bicycle accidents are a major cause of injuries among children in Ohio and nationwide. Such accidents are often the cause of serious Ohio brain injuries. Statistics in one study showed that approximately 89% of all children who get involved in accidents while riding their bikes were not wearing helmets on their heads. This failure to follow this important safety rules in many cases results in children tragically suffering traumatic brain injuries.

In the worst accidents, the brain injuries may be permanent, interfering with memory, speech and reasoning ability, requiring lifelong care. Many Ohio municipalities have ordinances requiring children under a certain age to wear bike helmets with the hope of reducing these injuries. Ohio does not currently have such a statewide law as 21 other states have enacted.

Many bike riders are injured or killed by reckless motorists operating cars, trucks and buses. Often, speeding, abuse of drugs or alcohol or distracted driving because of texting or cell phone use is involved. Such drivers can be subjected to personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits.

The Bike Helmet Safety Institute states that wearing a helmet while riding a bike could prevent about 57 percent of deaths suffered in bike accidents. This simple measure, they assert, could especially protect children from ages four to 15, annually preventing approximately 20,000 face and scalp wounds, 40,000 other head injuries and 135 fatalities.

Bike riding is an extremely popular child's recreational activity, with about 33 million children participating in it each year, based on 2010 statistics, and racking up almost 10 billion hours of rising. Overall about 800 bike riders die each year and about 515,000 riders of all ages are injured badly enough to have to be taken to a hospital emergency room for treatment.

Medical Daily, "89% of Children In Bike Accidents Do Not Wear Helmets, Upping Risk Pf Traumatic Brain Injury" Justin Caba, Oct. 26, 2013

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