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How important is wearing a helmet?

If you enjoy a bicycle ride to take in the beautiful scenery in Montana, you probably want to ensure you are safe when you ride. One of the best ways to stay safe is to wear a helmet, but many people do not. The reasons why may vary, but the reality is a helmet can save your life.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, not wearing a bicycle helmet increases your chances of a serious head injury. Less than half of bicyclists wear helmets, though. This includes children, even though they are the most likely riders to wear one. 

Everyone of every age should put on a helmet before riding a bicycle. The helmet provides protection in the event you fall from your bike. It is especially helpful if you are struck by a vehicle and the fall occurs at a high speed. The helmet can take the force of the fall instead of your head. 

As an adult, you should set an example for your children by always wearing your helmet. You should require children to wear a helmet. If they are resistant, which is common, find out why. Explain how a helmet is going to protect them. Encourage them to pick out their own helmets. 

Half of the 800 deaths and 515,000 injuries sustained by bicyclists in 2010 were children. Each year, about 26,000 children suffer brain injuries in a bicycle accident. These figures are enough to know that wearing a helmet just makes sense and could help reduce these numbers. This information is for education and is not legal advice. 

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