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Bike helmet stats(15 posts)

Bike helmet statstexfan
Jun 27, 2002 10:47 AM
In a thread below, there was some question re: helmets and injuries. Because I was bored, and because I am a master of Google, I found the following site:

http://www.bhsi.org/stats.htm

Obviously, by the name of the site, it promotes a certain agenda so take the stats for what they are worth. Some of the more notable numbers:

One in eight of the cyclists injured has a brain injury.

Two-thirds of the deaths here are from traumatic brain injury.

Eighty eight percent of cyclists' brain injuries can be prevented by a helmet.

texfan
re: Bike helmet statsDave Hickey
Jun 27, 2002 11:11 AM
I've had one serious crash. My helmet cracked and ,with out a doubt, saved my life BUT I don't want the government or anyone else to tell me I must wear a helmet. I wear a helmet by choice.
re: Bike helmet statsClydeTri
Jun 27, 2002 11:56 AM
fair enough, but, if you end up a vegetable, will your insurance and family money be sufficient to pay your medical bills for many years or will the public have to help pay them?
re: Bike helmet statsDave Hickey
Jun 27, 2002 12:01 PM
My point is, I always wear my helmet. I don't think the government needs to tell me to wear one.
Who's going to police the police?...er, sorry wrong argumenteschelon
Jun 27, 2002 12:03 PM
PreciselyAllisonHayes
Jun 27, 2002 12:34 PM
It for this reason alone that states have made wearing a helmet mandatory for motorcyclists. It has nothing whatsoever to do with an individuals freedom; it has everything to do with the burden the injured cyclist places on society.
PreciselyAegis_guy
Jun 27, 2002 5:45 PM
This is ridiculous logic. Sorry. However, if helmet laws are in place to reduce the financial burden on society then why dont we outlaw smoking? Or alcohol or Mcdonalds. Why isn't there a law that you must exercise to so people aren't obese? It goes on and on and on. It mostly has to do with the government sticking there hand in everyone's lives.
PreciselyAegis_guy
Jun 27, 2002 5:47 PM
Wow grammar and spelling just went out the window. Just so you know I do know the difference between there/their. Hopefully, you can past the mistakes to get my point.
Did you watch the Stanley Cup finals?RoyGBiv
Jun 27, 2002 11:43 AM
Did you watch the Detroit Red Wings celebrate their NHL championship at the Joe Louis Arena?
Did you see Vladimir Konstaninov trying to hoist the Cup over his head?
That did it for me.
Helmet.
Mandatory.
(To recap, Konstaninov sustained a crippling brain injury in 1997 when the limo he and others were riding in hit a tree following a party to celebrate the Wing's Cup victory that year.)
re: Bike helmet statscomedy-tragedy
Jun 27, 2002 11:50 AM
Helmets are a no brainer.......

If you don't wear one you have no brain!

Flame away.
I'm all for helmets...I would hate laws mandating it. nmeschelon
Jun 27, 2002 12:01 PM
How about autombile injuries?bikedodger
Jun 27, 2002 1:36 PM
Can you find the equivalent stats on auto accident injuries? How many head injuries do auto accidents cause to the drivers and passengers? How many could have been prevented by helmets? Why don't motorists were helmets? Race car drivers do so they must serve a useful purpose.

Mike
How about autombile injuries?Scot_Gore
Jun 27, 2002 2:03 PM
Helmets are not required for cars but other safety features are:
1) Seat Belts
2) Air Bags
3) 5 mile per hour bumpers
4) Break away steering colms.
5) Safety Glass
7) That head bumper thing on top of the seat
8) Roll over capable hardtops.
9) More.....

So I think the idea of requiring mandatory safety features for automobile users is pretty accepted. It's just that helmets haven't made the list (yet, probably never). You can't do any of the above to a bike to enhance user safety, so helmet comes to mind as a good place to start. I think people are more sensitive because your doing it to the operator vs the operators equipment.

Scot
I agree, but ...bikedodger
Jun 27, 2002 2:09 PM
I agree that the safety impetus in automobiles has been to add safety features to the car itself, rather than the driver. However, I read somewhere that a significant cause of head injuries in car accidents were heads colliding together. This type of injury is what helmets should reduce.

I still would like to know how many head injuries there are in car accidents even with all the safety features.

Mike
Organ donorsjtlmd
Jun 27, 2002 2:09 PM
If it weren't for the occasional states without helmet laws for motorcyclists there would be no organ donors.