Bicycle riders in Ohio may be surprised to learn how much safer wearing a helmet is than riding without one. Researchers at the University of Arizona claim that people riding a bicycle with a helmet on are 58 percent less likely to suffer a severe traumatic brain injury. The study involved reviewing the records of more than 6,250 people who suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of a bicycle accident.
Only 25 percent of the sample were actually wearing helmets when the accident occurred. The coauthors of the study say that it is clearly evident that helmets reduce the risk of head bleeds happening in the event of a collision. The researchers also found that the cyclists wearing helmets were 59 percent less likely to die as a result of the accident as well. Wearing a bicycle helmet reduced the odds of suffering a facial fracture by 26 percent and the likelihood of having to undergo a craniotomy by more than 60 percent.
Accident victims that wore a helmet typically fared better than those who did not. Among the riders who sustained a TBI from their crash, the ones who were wearing a helmet ended up with health conditions that were less severe. Riders from 10 to 20 years of age were the least likely to wear a helmet while riding their bike. The helmets are more effective at preventing upper facial fractures, such as the orbital bone, than lower fractures involving the jaw or nasal area.
Regardless of all precautions that they take, bicycle riders regardless of age run the risk of being hit by a negligent motorist, and they often incur severe injuries as a result. Those who have been injured in this manner may want to pursue financial compensation for their damages through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver with the assistance of an attorney.