According to research released by the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 800 bicyclists suffered fatal injuries on U.S. roads in 2015, representing an increase of 12.2% from the year prior. A further 45,000 bicyclists were injured in traffic as well. Sadly, many of these injuries involved the head.

Someone who is not wearing a helmet could suffer significant traumatic brain injuries and other problems because of their lack of knowledge about the protection afforded by a helmet. A helmet may be the only way to protect your head from a severe incident of trauma.

According to research released in 2008 from the National Survey of Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behavior, approximately half of bicyclists wear a helmet for at least some trips while 35% of cyclists admit to using them for most or all trips. 9 out of 10 individuals support helmet laws for children but only 62% of adults believe that those over 18 should have laws mandating helmet use.

Bicycling declines with age as well and the majority bicycling trips today are used for recreation or exercise, however, it is becoming increasingly popular for commuting and carrying out errands as well. Wearing a bicycle helmet and one that has been appropriately fitted to you and crash tested may be one of the most important ways to prevent severe head injuries. Having the right padding inside your helmet can minimize the blow to your head in the event that you are thrown off the bike or strike something else.