Each year there are more cycling Incidents in the UK. In 2019, 17,148 accidents involving a pedal bicycle were recorded in Britain. That means every single day in Britain, there were 47 accidents including pedal bikes. Of these accidents, 4,470 were classed as serious and 107, unfortunately, resulted in a fatality. The other 12,571 were classed as “slight” accidents. Source (Finder- accessed March 2021).
So why do people still refuse to wear helmets? The question has been asked so many times and there have been numerous studies done to try and find out why. So, when one of our consultants witnessed a serious accident in Edinburgh where the cyclist had not been wearing a helmet. We thought we would take this opportunity to remind everyone how important wearing a helmet is.
Our consultant describes what happened, ‘It seems that his bike tyres became caught in the tram tracks which catapulted the casualty off his bike resulting in a very deep 3-inch laceration on his head as well as what looked like a fractured thumb.
Being a first aider, I managed to get a first aid kit from a nearby train station, but prior to that asked a passer by to call for an ambulance as the trauma sustained to the casualties head was not superficial.