The number of bicycles fatalities have gone up over the past couple of years and there are now about 900 bicycle accident deaths each year.
According to an article in Consumer Reports, there were approximately 51,600 bicycle-related injuries treated in emergency rooms in 2008.
Bicycle helmets save lives but many fatalities are associated with people not wearing a helmet. Wearing a bicycle helmet decreases the chance of a fatality by 85%.
Consumer Reports reminds bicyclists of these safety tips:
- Wear a helmet that meets the CPSC Bicycle Helmet standard
- Insure the bicycle helmet is properly fitted
- Ride three-to-four feet to the left of parked cars in case a car door is opened
- Use reflectors, blinking lights and reflective clothing when riding is low light and at night
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury attorney firm and represent victims of bicycle accidents and their families. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages, including pain and suffering.