Head injury is not only the leading cause of epilepsy, it is also the leading cause of death in bicycle crashes and is the most important determinant of bicycle-related death and permanent disability. It is estimated that 75% of bicycle-related fatalities among children could be prevented with a helmet.
Head injuries account for more than:
- 60% of bicycle-related deaths
- Two-thirds of bicycle-related hospital admissions
- About one-third of hospital emergency room visits for bicycling injuries
Bicycle helmets have been shown to annually:
-Reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85%
-Reduce the risk of brain injury by as much as 88%
-Prevent 135 – 155 deaths of children ages 4 to 15
-Prevent 39,000 – 45,000 head injuries
If 85% of all child cyclists wore bicycle helmets in one year, the lifetime medical costs savings could total between $109 million and $142 million.