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Bicycle accidents and traumatic brain injury

July 27, 2012 by Steven M. Gursten

Today I’d like to share a great looking graphic about bicycle accident injuries. I like this graphic because it visually drives home the point of how bicycle accidents – and especially bike accidents caused when bikers are hit by cars – can pose a significant risk of traumatic brain injury.  Needless to say, this risk multiplies when when bicyclists don’t wear helmets.

A few powerful facts from the graphic:

  • 91 percent of bicyclists killed in 2008 were not wearing bike helmets.
  • Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent, traumatic brain injury by 88 percent and severe brain injury by more than 75 percent.
  • 1 in 8 injured bicyclists has a traumatic brain injury.
  • 2/3 of accident deaths are from traumatic brain injuries.

(Sources, helmets.org, bicycleuniverse.info, bicyclinginfo.org, nhtsa.dot.gov, iihs,org, aafp.org)

Thanks to the Christensen Law Firm in Utah for providing this infographic.

In addition, I found this helpful resource on “10 Ways Not to Get Hit by Cars” This website lists the most common types if bike/car accidents, and how to avoid such collisions.

Please, ride your bicycles safely and wear that bike helmet when you ride.

– Steven M. Gursten is an attorney handling auto and bicycle accidents. He is head of Michigan Auto Law and president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association. He frequently writes and speaks on bicycle safety and helping injured bike people with insurance issues. On weekends, very early before the kids wake up, you can often see Steve on his bike at Kensington, Island Lake, or on the bike trail between Holland and Saugatuck in West Michigan.

Related information:

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