Bicycle accidents and brain injury: by the numbers

If you, like so many others across Missouri, rely on your bicycle as a form of transportation or recreation, you may exercise care every time you ride, making sure to obey traffic laws and wear a helmet on every trip. Motorists who share the roadway with you may not always be so careful, however, and when bikes and cars collide, bicyclists frequently find themselves on the losing end. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we understand that bike accidents often lead to brain injury, and we have helped many people who either suffered injury, or had a loved one suffer injury, due to someone else’s negligence.

Per Reuters, a survey of recent data involving bike accidents and brain injury revealed that, of 6,267 people who sought treatment for a bike-related injury that caused bleeding in the skull, more than 3,130 suffered severe traumatic brain injuries, and another 3 percent lost their lives. Additionally, only about a quarter of those referenced in the survey had bike helmets on at the time of their crashes.

The fact that wearing a bike helmet can substantially reduce your risk of a brain injury is not new information, but regrettably, less than half of all bike-riding Americans report wearing them. Just how much can wearing a helmet help protect you? Statistically, those who consistently don bike helmets are 44 percent less likely to die in a bike crash, and they can also lessen their chances of suffering a severe TBI by 52 percent.

If you have teen bicyclists who live in your home, note that this age group is at a particularly high risk of failing to wear a helmet. Educating your teen about the dangers associated with bicycling may make them more likely to wear them regularly and help reduce their chances of becoming a statistic. You can find more about auto and bike accidents on our webpage.


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