Helmets: Why You Should Always Have One Strapped On Your Head

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You’re enjoying a nice ride on your bike and taking in the beautiful scenery around you. The road ahead of you is straight for a while, so you take your eyes off of it to look off in the distance at the scenery. All of a sudden, you hit an unseen pothole on the road. In what feels like slow motion, you are flying over the handlebars to meet the hard, unforgiving concrete. Unable to brace the fall with your arm, you prepare yourself for a head on impact. The concrete hits you incredibly hard. It doesn’t give at all. It’s completely unyielding and rigid. Fortunately, the helmet you are wearing cushions the blow on your head. The foam in the helmet crushes down, slowing your head down gradually. The plastic on the outside ensures that the foam doesn’t break up and makes sure that you slide when you hit the pavement.

The whole entire instance happened within a second. The helmet you were wearing brought your head to a stop in about 6 milliseconds. If you had not been wearing a helmet, your head would have stopped in less than 1 millisecond. The graph below shows what an impact wearing a helmet looks like (small curve on the left) and without a helmet (large spike on the right).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Somewhere about halfway on that spike is where permanent brain damage can occur.

 

As a matter of fact, without a helmet, it takes less than a 3-foot drop on the pavement to injure your brain permanently. Based on the graph, it’s very easy to see just how effective wearing a helmet is when you are biking. Helmets are extremely effective at what they do. Wearing one provides a 66% – 88% reduction in the risk of head, brain, and severe brain injuries for all ages of bicyclists. Not only do helmets provide significant amounts of protection during a bike crash, but they also give you somewhat of an insurance policy when it comes to legal matters.

There are no state laws that require you to wear a helmet when riding, but you still could face legal consequences if you don’t wear them. Let’s say that a negligent driver hits you while riding a bike and you sue him for the cost of your medical expenses. The negligent driver’s insurance company could claim that you were negligent for not wearing a helmet. The final decision of the case could come down to whether or not it was reasonable for you to ride with, or without one. This is why its far better to wear one all the time to mitigate the chance of having something like this come up if you ever were to be hit. Wearing a helmet is a surefire way to protect yourself from injury as well as your legal rights.

Because we care about our customers at At Your Pace Freestyle Cycling Adventures, we make riding with a helmet on our tours mandatory. This ensures a safer more enjoyable ride for our customers and peace of mind for the safety of our customers.

Sources:

Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

Bicycling.com

 

Image Credits:

Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

 

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