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Published May 08, 2013, 05:21 PM

How a helmet can save lives for bike riders

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's a simple purchase that could help keep your loved ones safe this summer, a bike helmet. Yet it's no surprise many people don't wear one.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's a simple purchase that could help keep your loved ones safe this summer, a bike helmet. Yet it's no surprise many people don't wear one.

WDAY6 Reporter Katie Lange takes a look at how to get fitted for a helmet and how life saving it can be.

On a typical spring day nearly 100 bikes sit out in front of Aurora Elementary School in West Fargo. I decided to take a look at just how many of the students wore bike helmets. Turns out, only a handful.

Tom Smith, Great Northern Bicycle Co.: "If you're out there on the road or against the cars on the road you need to have some form of protection and a bicycle helmet is going to be a great way to provide that."

It's a personal choice, but statistics show it's one that could save your life. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety helmets reduce the risk of a head injury by 85 percent. Amanda Harmer makes it a habit for her 6 and 3-year-old to wear helmets.

Amanda Harmer, Parent: "If he doesn't want to wear his helmet he doesn't get to ride his bike, same as roller blades, scooter and anything that has wheels.”

Justin Smith, a Fargo Firefighter and avid biker, says he has seen head to toe injuries from bicycle accidents.

Justin Smith, Fargo Fire Department: "A lot of people say they are careful or really good at avoiding accidents, but it's not so much the person as it is the car that's not looking out for the bike too."

In fact, Smith recalls a crash that turned out be tragic because the biker wasn't wearing a helmet.

Justin Smith: "A bike accident that could have went from cuts or bruises or minor concussion to fractured skull and brain damage."

I figured if I'm going to tell you the facts, I may as well admit I don't own a helmet.

Katie Lange, WDAY 6 Reporter: "I go out roller blading and bicycling without a helmet.”

Tom Smith: “Let’s try to find you one. So if I dial this in, does it feel like it's good contact all around your head. Excellent, the rest is very straight forward.”

Lange: “That's easy enough. How does it look?"

Safety certified helmets range in price from $40 to well over $200.

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