May is National Bike Month, and with bicycle-related deaths peaking in the summer months, this an ideal time to adopt some proven injury-prevention strategies before sharing the road with motor vehicles.
Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) finds that adults are more likely than children to die in a bicyclist-motor vehicle crash, with adults accounting for 88% of bicyclist fatalities. One-third of non-fatal bicyclist injuries are to the head.
A “Three E” approach – engineering, education and enforcement – is recommended for bicycle safety. An essential component of education is wearing a properly fitted helmet. A bike helmet is a cyclist’s best line of defense, reducing risk of head injury by more than 50%. If the helmet is on fastened securely and properly, it could save your life.
For more information, visit https://www.nsc.org/safety-first-blog/bicycle-safety-statistics-may-surprise-you