Cyclists should wear helmets

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7085.977 (Published 29 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:977
  1. Barry Pless, Editor, “Injury Prevention”a,
  2. Ron Davis, Editor, “Tobacco Control”b
  1. a Montreal Children's Hospital, Montreal, Quebec H3H 1P3, Canada
  2. b Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI 48202-3450, USA

    Editor–We are not surprised that our letter on cycle helmets1 evoked such a strong response.2 We chose to ignore accidents involving cars because most cyclists' head injuries are not caused in this way. The main purpose of helmets is to protect the head in situations other than car accidents.

    We too hope for a more fair environment with fewer cars, all being driven slowly and carefully. That there may be an element of victim blaming in helmet laws when an injury does involve …

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