Using Your Brain on Your Bike

by Terry Bryant

bicycle helmet, traumatic brain injury

Bicycle helmets prevent high number of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

Much time is spent warning bicyclists of the dangers of riding alongside cars on the open road. But what about the risks of riding without a helmet? Competitive cyclists in races and mountain bike enthusiasts who ride off-roads often wear helmets, but it is also important for recreational cyclists to wear helmets as well.

In Texas, there is no statewide law mandating that cyclists wear a helmet. However, certain localities have adopted laws requiring certain age groups to wear helmets. In Houston, Arlington, Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth, bicyclists under 18 must wear a helmet. But in Coppell and Southlake, only riders under 15 must wear a helmet. Beaumont, Corpus Christi, and Pasadena do not have helmet laws.

Bicyclists of all ages and all varieties, whether 18 or 85, competitive or recreational, cruisers or triathletes, should use their heads and ride with helmets. A helmet can reduce your risk of traumatic brain injury, or even death, if you are involved in a bicycle accident.

If you or someone you know has been injured on a bicycle, contact a Board Certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.