Is your bicycle helmet good enough to provide adequate protection in the event of a fall or an accident? A new study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Virginia Tech Helmet Lab reveals that many helmets in use today are not adequate to protect your head in a number of circumstances. The findings of their studies were released earlier this week. The helmet testing was a new type of helmet test. The findings, in some cases, were alarming.
The number of bicyclist deaths has increased over the last few years from accidents with cars and other vehicles. The number of bicyclist deaths in 2016 (840) was the highest since 1991. In 2015 roughly 81,000 people visited an emergency room due to bicycle-related head injuries. This number does not include people who saw private doctors in non-emergent settings or those who did not see a doctor. [Read more…]