On Monday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission released a report that details the impact of mandatory bicycle helmets on cyclists.
The CPSC, which is part of the Federal Trade Commission, says that in 2016, more than 1.5 million people were killed in motor vehicle collisions.
More than two-thirds of those were caused by cyclists, and more than a third of those fatalities were caused because of head injuries.
The report also details that the average adult has about 10 helmets in his or her lifetime, which accounts for just over 4 percent of all Americans’ helmet usage.
The vast majority of American cyclists wear at least one of the recommended helmets, including those made by American Made and American Cycle Works.
But a report released last month by the Bicycle Coalition, a nonprofit that advocates for safer and more affordable cycling, found that of the top five brands, American Made, Bicycle Tech, American CycleWorks, and American Bicycles were responsible for the majority of the injuries to cyclists.
Bicycling is also a major source of fatalities for people who are hit by cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
To make matters worse, many people don’t even realize they have to wear a helmet, said Kelly Wetherill, president of the Bicycle Club of Greater Philadelphia.
“There’s an enormous gap between the expectations and reality that people have when it comes to the health benefits of helmets,” she said.
The CPSC says mandatory helmet laws in the U.S. have reduced deaths by nearly 30 percent from the peak in 2009, when the number of bicycle crashes was higher than in any other country in the world.
The agency said the most common reasons people don.
wear a bicycle helmet are:• Not wearing a helmet can cause injury• Having a bad head injury can result in permanent disability and even death• Not buying a bicycle is a risk factor for death and injury• Not having enough money for a helmet is a sign of financial insecurity and lack of financial securitySource: Newsweek