In recognition of May’s National Bike Safety Month, the law firm of Marasco & Nesselbush wants to do our part to help keep bicyclists safe by offering free helmets to all of our clients and their families.
The attorneys at our firm have seen the devastating effect bicycle injuries can have, particularly when the victim was not wearing a helmet at the time of the bicycle accident. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says that helmet use can reduce a bicyclist’s chances of head injury by up to 50 percent. It can also lessen the possibility of permanent brain damage.
Clients who wish to take advantage of our free helmet offer simply need to stop by our Providence office during normal business hours and select helmets for themselves and family members. We have a variety of sizes and colors from which clients can choose.
Bicycle Accidents: Facts and Figures
Children and young adults have the highest rate of non-fatal bike-related injuries in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This age group accounts for nearly 60 percent of all bicycle-related injuries seen in emergency rooms.
In a single recent year, 63 percent of all fatal bicycle injuries were sustained by bicyclists who were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, according to the IIHS. Approximately 17 percent of fatal bicycle accident victims were wearing a helmet. Helmet use was unavailable or unknown in the remaining 20 percent of cases.
The percentage of bicycle deaths by helmet use for the most recently reported 10-year period is as follows:
The majority of fatal bicycle accidents happen in urban areas (68 percent), whereas only 32 percent happen in rural areas. Bicycle accident fatalities are far more common in non-intersections (62 percent) than intersections (38 percent).
Safety Tips for Bicyclists
Rhode Island law requires children under the age of 16 to wear a helmet when bicycling or operating any type of skateboard, scooter or skates. In addition to wearing a properly fitted bicycle helmet at all times – regardless of age – bicyclists can reduce the risk of being involved in a serious bicycle accident by following these safety tips:
Keep a close eye on your children while bicycling until you feel they have a comprehensive grasp of bicycle safety rules, can demonstrate a high level of responsibility and are capable of riding without constant parental supervision.
Even if they follow all the rules, bicyclists are still prone to serious injuries in accidents caused by the carelessness of other drivers. In the event of a bicycle accident involving injuries, it is imperative for victims to seek experienced and competent legal representation. Please talk to your Rhode Island personal injury attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush if you or a loved one has been hurt in a bicycle accident. Call us at 855-801-6262 or fill out a contact form to set up a free legal consultation. We have four offices located in Providence, Wakefield, Warwick and Woonsocket to easily serve you.