Are Bike Helmets Useless?

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV)-- Doctors in the Valley disagree with reports by London's "Daily Telegraph" in which neurosurgeon Dr. Henry Marsh said helmets are too flimsy to help prevent injuries, and that he doesn't wear one when he rides his bike.

Dr. Peter Devries said helmets are anything but a waste of time. He also mentioned that it's an inexpensive way to help keep you safe.

"The simple benefit of wearing a helmet can significantly prevent an injury, just like wearing a seat belt in a car while driving," said Devries.

He also added, "It's inexpensive, and it can save you a $20,000 emergency room visit and can save you permanent disability if you have an injury where you fall back and hit your head and have a traumatic brain injury."

21 states have laws requiring folks below a certain age to wear helmets on bicycles, Virginia is not one of them.

Devries said to make sure your helmet is still helping, replace it if it's older than five years, or if it's cracked. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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