There are a number of different excuses people may give for not wanting to wear a helmet when they take to the road on their all terrain vehicles, skates, motorcycles, scooters or bicycles. Many fear that helmets will leave them with “hat hair” or that they’ll be too hot. Others say they’re uncomfortable or that they’re not necessary for heading out on such a short trip.

Most doctors, who work with brain injury patients, note that none of these are valid reasons to leave a helmet behind, though.

They note that even some of the seemingly most minor of injuries may result in you losing consciousness, even if only for a few minutes. These can leave you with lasting cognitive or behavioral issues. These can make it difficult for you to concentrate, lead to memory problems or sleep disorders.

The jarring of your brain within your skull, caused by a sudden turn or stop can cause a concussion. Any impact your head makes with another object can result in internal trauma or fractured skull. Each of these conditions can cause anything from permanent injury to death.

One of the reasons doctors recommend wearing a helmet is because they’ve been shown to have a positive impact on the severity of the brain injury that a crash victim may suffer if hit. They tend to absorb the energy from the impact themselves rather than leaving your brain or head to deal with it instead.

To have such a positive impact, it’s important that the helmet be designed for the type of activity you’re planning to engage in. It’s also important that it fits. This means that it shouldn’t easily slide from the front or back or sideways with ease. While it shouldn’t be so tight that it’s uncomfortable, it is important that it fits snugly. There should be an adjustable chin fastener present as well.

With helmets for children, it’s important not to buy a helmet that your child can grow into. Instead, it should fit appropriately right now. It’s also important that the helmet that both kids and adults wear be replaced periodically and especially if it sustains any impact.

If you’ve been involved in a bike accident in which you suffered a traumatic brain injury, then a Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney can advise you of your right to recover future medical costs in your case.