A report just released by The Governors Highway Safety Association shows an alarming increase in bicycle accidents nationwide. In fact, biking accident deaths increased more than 16% in only 2 years. +
Now, more than ever is the time to make sure you wear a helmet while you are biking.
Though there isn't one cause that is contributing to the increase, it's safe to say with the increase in distracted driving with cell phones, these statistics will unfortunately increase.
Below are the states that have the highest number of bicyclists killed in 2012.
1. California (123 deaths)
2. Florida ( 120 deaths)
3. Texas (56 deaths)
4. New York (45 deaths)
5. Illinois (29 deaths)
6. North Carolina (27 deaths)
7. Michigan (19 deaths)
8. Ohio and Arizona (18 deaths each)
10. Georgia (17 deaths)
A Nationwide Problem or Not?
A total of 722 bicyclists were killed in accidents involving automobiles in 2012, and two-thirds of these were not wearing helmets.
Urban areas have seen the largest increase in these unfortunate accidents.
Helmets help prevent serious injuries and helmets can save lives.
While a helmet cannot protect you from injuries in a car accident (remember, car vs. bike, the car always wins), wearing a helmet can help prevent or reduce a head injury.
You know helmets are the safer way to ride. You know there are A LOT of car in Phoenix that traveling 10+ miles over the speed limit at all times and you know that it is dangerous to rides your bike on the public roads.
Why would you even consider going out riding without taking simple measures to protect yourself?
It makes great sense to wear a helmet. Wait—let’s say that another way. It makes ZERO sense to not wear a helmet.
Be sensible. Be safe. Buckle up.