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Bicycle accidents often cause injury or death

As a pedestrian, you can be somebody walking down the sidewalk. You can also be somebody riding a bicycle. While you may think you are safe, anytime you are in such close proximity to motor vehicles there is the chance of an accident.

Every year, thousands of people are injured and killed in bicycle accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, every year approximately two percent of motor vehicle accident deaths are bicyclists.

While not always the case, the majority of these deaths are related to head injuries. This is why it is so important for every bicyclist, regardless of age or location, to wear a helmet at all times.

Helmet use can go a long way in preventing head, neck, and face injury. This is why 21 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have implemented helmet use laws for youth riders. Unfortunately, at least at this time, none of these laws apply to all riders. For this reason, many adults continue to take to the road without the proper head protection.

In 2013, more than 700 bicyclists were killed in an accident with a motor vehicle. This was a two percent increase over the previous year. Even when a person is not killed in a bicycle accident, he or she may be seriously injured.

When a motor vehicle collides with a bicycle, it is the person on the bike that is at risk for the most serious injuries. Everybody who rides a bike, regardless of age, should realize the importance of wearing a helmet and doing their best to avoid an accident with a motor vehicle.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, "Pedestrians and bicyclists," accessed July 21, 2015

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