In the summer of 1985 I was riding my new Peugeot racing bike along a twisting, hilly road on my way home from my part time job when suddenly the lights went out. I woke up in a hospital with a severe concussion and not sure of who I was. My face was scratched, bloody and bruised. I was 16 at the time. I was very lucky. I had not worn a bicycle helmet.
Illinois law does not require children to where bicycle helmets. Many other states do. A new study, reported on in the New York Times, found that states like Illinois should require helmets. According to the study, "Children who live in states with laws requiring bicycle helmet use are much more likely to wear them than those who do not." When kids wear bike helmets the chance of injury is very significantly reduced. According to Children's Hospital of Illinois, "Wearing a proper fitting helmet can reduce the chances of serious head injuries by 85%." It's hard to argue with statistics like that.