Bicycle helmets have been around for over 40 years.  The first bicycle helmet was invented by Bell Auto Parts back in 1975.

Bicycle helmets have been proven to not only save lives but they also provide protection against traumatic brain injury and facial fractures.

In many parts of the world bicycle helmets are not mandatory but still considered essential to a rider’s safety.

The biggest cause for concern is the inter-action of cyclists and motorists.

It is interesting to note that 49% of accidents involving bicycles, the cyclists were at fault, with the motorists accounting for 51% of the accidents.  That’s a pretty even split but any accident involving a cyclist puts the cyclist at risk.

The five most common accidents involving bicycles are:

  1. Inattentive riding, not paying attention
  2. Speeding
  3. Riding too close to a motor vehicle lane
  4. Intersections and lane merging
  5. Accidents at sidewalks, driveways or parking lots