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More Than Half the Country Is Taking Crazy Chances On Their Bicycles | MotorBiscuit

If you commute by bicycle daily, you’re well aware of the dangers of being on a bicycle sharing the road with bigger vehicles. Even if you ride only semi-regularly, you’ve probably had a close-call with a car – or maybe even just a slip-up on your bike. The IIHS says most bicyclist deaths occur because of a head injury, so it would make sense that people would want to wear helmets, and that states would enact laws to mandate this (like seatbelt laws). Right? Yet less than half of all states have bicycle helmet laws, and even states that do vary in how strict they are. 

Map of bicycle helmet laws | IIHS

Bicycling can be dangerous

Bicycling is a great way to get where you need to go, and an excellent form of exercise. It can be freeing to hop on a bike and go for a ride. Unfortunately, riding a bicycle can also be dangerous. And even though many things are dangerous to one extent or another, there is one very clear risk when riding a bike; a head injury. 

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