Two years ago, Mississippi ranked number one in the nation in the number of children suffering from brain injuries.
To improve the situation, attorney Richard Scwartz is donating more than ten thousand safety helmets to children throughout the state.
"You know, in my business I see a lot of injuries and the ones that really pull on my heart strings are when children have head injuries and their whole life was in front of them," said Schwartz, a member of the Mississippi Brain Injury Association. "It affects the family and community and it's so easy to prevent. Make your kids wear these helmets because the consequences could be really, really, severe."
This Saturday, Scwartz will be in meridian at riley hospital giving away 400 helmets to children.
The giveaway will last from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
To receive the free helmets, children must sign a pledge promising to wear them.
Five Rules to Avoid Fatal Bicycle Crashes
- Never ride out into a street without stopping first.
- Obey stop signs.
- Check behind before swerving, turning or changing lanes.
- Never follow another rider without applying the rules.
- Before you get on your bike, put on a helmet.
Bike Riding at Night
- Use a headlight.
- Be sure your bike has front and rear reflectors, pedal reflectors, and side rim or wheel reflectors.
- Wear reflective clothing.
- Always wear a CPSC-approved helmet.
- Young children should not ride at night.
- Avoid riding on dark, narrow roadways.
Facts About Bicycle Helmets
- Helmets decrease the risk of head injuries by 85 percent, and risk of brain injury by as much as 88 percent.
- Bicycle helmets have also been shown to offer substantial protection to the forehead and mid face.
- It is estimated that 75 percent of bicycle-related fatalities among children could be prevented with a bicycle helmet.
- Only about 18percent of cyclists in the U.S. use helmets all or most of the time.
- Universal helmet use could prevent an average of 500 bicycle-related deaths each year.
Source: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/bike/month.htm#ride (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Bicycle Safety Network)