It’s common knowledge in 2019 that biking without a helmet is a risky proposition. And yet, there are still many, many parents allowing their children to bike helmetless.
And, unfortunately, bike helmet laws only exist in fewer than half of US states.
So, sometimes, child safety experts have to go out of their way to make a point.
Dr. Free Hess is a pediatrician, child safety expert, and mom. She runs a blog called PediMom, and she recently shared a shocking post on Facebook about why proper bike safety is important.
“I see children in my Pediatric ER for head trauma after falling from a bike very often,” Dr. Hess wrote.
“If you or a child is riding a bike, skateboard, ice skates, roller skates, hover boards, scooter, or anything else that has a risk of head trauma, you need to have a helmet on. EVERY TIME,” she continued.
But it’s the photo that Dr. Hess posted that really drives her point home. It’s a photo of a bike helmet that was mangled in a bike accident — and it is truly scary.