While the accident happened in a far off country, the recent tragic death in Thailand of a young couple cycling around the world offers a grim reminder of the perils involved in biking. Cycling couple killed in Thailand accident
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 630 bicyclists died on U.S. roads in 2009 as a result of bicycle falls and crashes with vehicles. News from NHTSA
More than 50,000 cyclists were injured in traffic crashes that same year.
The NHTSA maintains that bike helmets offer the best protection against serious head injuries, injuries, and recent helmet use laws have been effective in increasing helmet usage.
Additional safety tips to prevent injuries from the NHTSA: http://www.nhtsa.gov
While these tips are extremely worthwhile, caution would not have prevented this terrible, unpredictable accident.
Do you think about the potential dangers when riding a bike?