17 Oct '12, 6pm

New Canadian Study Finds Cyclists Who Don't Wear Helmets Are Three Times As Likely To Die

New Canadian Study Finds Cyclists Who Don't Wear Helmets Are Three Times As Likely To Die

The has published a study which shows that cyclists who don't wear helmets are three times as likely to die of a head injury than those that do wear helmets. The lead researcher is quoted in the Globe and Mail: “Helmets save lives,” said Dr. Nav Persaud, a family physician and researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, who led the study. "There are about 70 cycling deaths in Canada every year,” Persaud said. “And based on our study, we estimate we could prevent about 20 of them with helmets.” Canadian Medical Association Journal/Screen capture Persaud does get that there is more to the problem than helmets. "Helmets only prevent injuries after a collision takes place,” he said. “It would be better to prevent the collision from taking place at all. And infrastructure changes like building separated cycle lanes prevent collisions from taking place .There are a lot of o...

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