As the weather stays nice, more people are bringing out their bicycles as a means for transportation. The American Academy of Pediatrics is stressing the danger of traveling without proper head protection. Emergency room doctor Mike Gittleman says wearing a helmet can reduce the chance of head injury by 85 percent. Click to hear Dr. Gittleman discuss the benefits of helmet usage:
Of the more than 600 people killed while riding a bike in 2010, 70 percent were not wearing helmets. Twenty-one states have bicycle helmet laws, but Missouri is not among their numbers. Gittleman says that bikes are linked to more childhood injuries than any other consumer product other than vehicles. This includes trampolines, ladders, and pools.