Do I really need to wear a bicycle helmet?

Yes. Each year, bicycle-related deaths number about 900, and United States hospital emergency rooms treat more than 500,000 people for bicycle-related injuries. More children, ages 5 to 14, go to U.S. hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with bicycles than with any other sport. Many of these injuries involve the head. If you do not wear a bicycle helmet, you are risking your life.

All young children should wear a bicycle helmet, whether they are riding bicycles, tricycles, or are passengers on a parent's bicycle. Never carry a child under age 1 on your bicycle.

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1. Why are bicycle helmets so important?
2. Do I really need to wear a bicycle helmet?
3. Will bicycle helmets meeting the Consumer Product Safety Commission's bicycle helmet safety standard protect young children?
4. How can I tell if my bicycle helmet fits properly?