American Academy of Pediatrics Lobby For Increased Bicycle Helmet Use In Las Vegas
Since Nevada does not have mandatory helmet use for bicyclists, local agencies and non-profits need to be creative to get the helmet use message out. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently expanded their “Put a Lid on It” campaign to the Southern Nevada Las Vegas area. When a bicyclist is in an accident when not wearing a helmet they are more likely to be fatally injured in that accident. The institute reports that 70% of those killed in the 600 bicycle fatalities in the United States in 2010 were due to lack of helmet use by the cyclist. If you have been in a Las Vegas automobile bicycle accident and were injured, even if you weren’t wearing a helmet, contact Benson and Bingham for a free legal consultation.
Physicians who work in Emergency Rooms attest that helmet use reduces the chances of head injuries from a Nevada bicycle automobile accident by 85%. While automobiles injure the most children in the United States every year, bicycles are ranked second in consumer product injures of kids. 21 states have mandatory helmet use laws, however, Nevada doesn’t. The insurance institute of Highway Safety tracks helmet use laws and legislation on their website. Emergency rooms have compiled statistics for head injuries from bicycle accidents. 62% of bicycle related deaths are from head injuries. Emergency room visits due to bicycle accidents are 33% because of head injuries. For those admitted to a hospital due to a bicycle accident, 67% of those people have head injuries. If you have suffered a Las Vegas head injury due to a Southern Nevada bicycle accident, contact Benson and Bingham to discuss recouping money due to lost work, medical bills and pain and suffering.
The personal injury attorneys at Benson and Bingham have significant experience in head injury and Las Vegas automobile accident cases. In 2010 and 2011, we were able to secure $24,000,000 in personal injury awards for our clients.