People need to get in the habit of wearing a certified safety helmet, because it only takes one tragic crash to end a life or cause serious life-altering brain injuries, said Dr Angela Gardner, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
But children aren't the only ones who need to wear helmets. In fact, older riders account for 75% of bicycle injury deaths, the ACEP noted. Among bicyclists of all ages, 540,000 seek emergency care each year as a result of an accident, and 67,000 of these patients suffer head injuries. About 40% experience head trauma so serious that hospitalisation is required.