Test study: bicycle helmets save lives

Test study: bicycle helmets save lives


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Study confirms: bicycle helmets can save lives

In Germany, only every seventh cyclist wears a helmet. Science has once again determined that bicycle helmets reduce the risk of fatal head injuries enormously. There is currently no helmet requirement for cyclists in Germany.

Only one in seven wears a helmet Only one in seven of cyclists in Germany wears a helmet. Now science has again determined that bicycle helmets reduce the risk of fatal head injuries enormously. This is reported by the news magazine "Focus", citing a study by the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Munich. As a result, the discussion about compulsory helmets in Germany could be rekindled.

Death from craniocerebral trauma According to a dpa report, the experts had commissioned accident insurers from the insurance company (UDV) to analyze 543 bicycle accidents in Munich and Münster and to evaluate the "killed database" of the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Only six of the 117 cyclists who died in an accident were wearing helmets. Over half of the victims died of traumatic brain injury. The head of the UDV, Siegfried Brockmann, told the "Focus": "Most cyclists would have survived with a hard hat."

Also better protected in non-fatal accidents It was also shown that helmet wearers are also better protected in non-fatal accidents. All cyclists seriously injured on the head were without a helmet, while helmet wearers suffered only minor to moderate head injuries. On Friday, the Federal Ministry of Transport announced that it would increasingly promote helmet wear. However, there are currently no plans for a statutory helmet requirement. According to the Federal Highway Research Institute, 15 percent of cyclists wore helmets last year, with 17 to 30-year-olds in particular being regarded as helmet muffle.

Cyclists against mandatory helmets The General German Bicycle Club (ADFC) has been fighting against such a requirement for some time. One of the main reasons for this is that bicycle use is reduced overall. However, many experts generally recommend cyclists to wear a helmet. Care should be taken to ensure good quality in terms of accident protection and ventilation. But even a bad helmet is still better than no helmet at all, as the “Stiftung Warentest” found on the occasion of an examination of bicycle helmets last year. (ad)

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