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The Helmet Update

Volume 31, #4, May 30, 2013

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Study finds reduced child fatality rates in states with helmet laws.


This study indicates that helmet laws are associated with a lower rate of child deaths.

"The mean unadjusted fatality rate was lower in states with helmet laws (2.0/1 000 000 vs 2.5/1 000 000; P = .03). After adjusting for potential confounding factors, lower fatality rates persisted in states with mandatory helmet laws (adjusted incidence rate ratio, 0.84; 95% CI, 0.70-0.98).

Conclusion

Bicycle helmet safety laws are associated with a lower incidence of fatalities in child cyclists involved in bicycle­motor vehicle collisions."
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