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Why should I wear a helmet while riding a bike?

It is essential to wear a helmet when riding a bike. Head injuries are responsible for about 85% of biking-related deaths. Most state helmet laws apply only to children and adolescents, but more than 80% of bicyclists killed are aged 16 or older. Yet only 18% of adult cyclists in one study reported wearing helmets while riding. Staying away from cars won't protect you either: about 70% of bike injuries occur in situations that do not involve a motor vehicle.
A helmet is a small expense to protect something so valuable. As a professional cyclist, it's easy to take a fall without expecting it.

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