THE PROTECTIVE PERFORMANCE OF BICYCLISTS' HELMETS IN ACCIDENTS

A study of the injuries sustained by 1,892 bicycle riders during accidents indicated that 432 of the bicyclists had been wearing a helmet and 64 of the latter group had sustained an impact to the helmet. The 64 helmets were evaluated to determine the level of protection they provided and to gain some insight into the efficacy of bicycle helmet performance standards. The hospital records of injuries sustained by the riders and descriptions of the circumstances of the accidents were also provided. All serious head injuries occurred when the helmet came off the rider's head and collapsed due to material defect or was struck predominantly below the rim. A high proportion of the helmets worn by young riders had been misused, and many helmets displayed defects in the impact-absorbing liners. Recommendations have been made for improving helmet construction and altering current standards to reflect the conditions encountered in the field.

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    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Headington Hill Hall
    Oxford OX30BW,    
  • Authors:
    • Williams, M
  • Publication Date: 1991-6

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  • Accession Number: 00608377
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-041 114
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1991 12:00AM