There are a number of reasons as to why it’s essential to wear a helmet when riding your bicycle.
The first is for your safety. In 2010, 800 bicyclists in the United States were killed, and about 515,000 people were injured in bicycle-related injuries that required them to seek medical care. Head injuries are dangerous and are one of the most common injuries that can occur when riding a bicycle. Not wearing a helmet can increase your chance of dying during a bicycle accident.
It also increases your safety in that most bicycle helmets are brightly colored, so they increase your visibility. Many accidents happen with cars when the drivers don’t notice the cyclist right by them. Adding reflective strips to your helmet can make you even more visible to drivers, especially in darker conditions.
Everyone can get caught out in the rain, and having a helmet on can help to protect you from the weather. It can give you protection from rain, hail, and even the sun. Some helmets are specially made to be worn in the winter to keep you warm when it’s cold outside.
Be a Good Role Model
In New Jersey, everyone under the age of 17 has to wear a bicycle helmet to protect them from falls. Being a good role model means that by wearing your helmet, you’re encouraging the next generation of riders to continue to wear their helmet. Plus, if you plan on traveling to other areas to ride, you may find that you can get a ticket if you don’t wear a helmet as some areas do have helmet requirements.
Even when wearing your helmet and staying aware of your surroundings, accidents can happen. If you’re in an accident, you can contact the law firm of Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa, & Casazza to go over the details of your accident.