According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 618 bicycle riders died and 52,000 pedalcyclists were injured in bike vs. car accidents in 2010. About 9,000 of the pedalcyclists who were injured were age 14 and younger. New research from the Boston Children's Hospital indicates there is a way to reduce these bike accident injuries.
According to the recent Boston Children's Hospital research, bicyclists who wear helmets have an 88 percent lower risk of brain injury. Also noted was that simply having bicycle helmet laws in place showed a 20 percent decrease in deaths and injuries for children younger than 16 who were in bicycle-car collisions. The research suggests that having these laws may influence parents to require their children wear helmets.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all cyclists wear helmets that fit properly for each ride, and supports legislation that requires all cyclists to wear helmets. Florida law requires any bicycle rider or passenger who is under 16 years of age to wear a bicycle helmet that is properly fitted and is fastened securely upon the passenger’s head by a strap and that meets the federal safety standard for bicycle helmets. A traffic ticket will be issued and the bicycle rider or passenger will be assessed a $15 fine.
Ride safely this summer and drivers, watch out for bicyclists. A few extra seconds of safety can save a child's life.
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