Bicycle and Motorcycle Helmets (cont.)
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Helmet Use Among Riders
Despite a large body of evidence that helmets save lives and reduce injury among both bicycle and motorcycle riders, a large percentage of riders still do not use them. There are many reasons for lack of use, often related to the circumstances and age of the rider.
A number of riders are still unaware or do not appreciate the risk of riding without a helmet. Adults who were raised in an era before widespread helmet information are at particular risk due to this lack of information.
Children may live in an area where there is little education regarding safety from their parents or from school.
Other reasons for not wearing a helmet include the following:
Increasing Helmet Use
As with many other aspects of injury prevention, education is the key to long-term helmet use.
For a list of helmet laws and age requirements, the Governors Highway Safety Association has an current list as of April 2012. http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/helmet_laws.html
Medically reviewed by Joseph Palermo, DO; American Osteopathic Board Certified Internal Medicine
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/18/2016
Thomas V Robb, DO
Maurizio A Miglietta, DO
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