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Have there been studies showing that more lives could be saved by wearing helmets in cars? Serious Q, as I would have thought much the same issues as are in play regarding cycle helmets would also apply - or would this also include use of Hans devices to avoid the additional mass of the helmet snapping necks and so on.
The last data that I looked at (2016) there were more children in England & Wales dying solely of head injuries in motorvehicle crashes than there were total number of child cyclists in the whole of the UK dying from all injury types. I think it's pretty conclusive.
Headway and other pro helmet orgs state that circa 1.3Million people report to a medical professional with a head injury and that there are around 160,000 hospital stays, which indicates at least 160,000 serious head injuries, but as we know a serious head injury does not always require a hospital stay, so the (reported) serious head injury numbers from the general populous is somewhere between 160,000 to 1.3M.
Whilst not a complete picture and absolute number, the STATS19 data shows approximately 3100 serious cycling injuries on the road, and depending whose numbers you wish to use (basically their guesses as they link to no data sets whatsoever), somewhere between 800-1200 of those are head injuries. Of course there will be serious injuries and by definition serious head injuries that are not a part of the STATS19 figures, but then the number of head injuries in the general population are hugely under-reported also.
So the group/populous as a whole suffer 1.3M head injuries that are deemed reportable to a medical professional and a subset of that group/populous suffer circa 800-1200, but only the subset with the tiny fraction of head injuries are forced/coerced/bullied into wearing and only that subset are blamed if they sustain injury if they don't, pretty sick and twisted really and clearly avoids dealing with the major epidemic that is costing the nation £Billions on the NHS.
well IF the helmets work of course, which they don't, just like airbags, crash cells SIPS/MIPS, seatbelts if the forces eceed the design parameters which they do very clearly in motorvehicle crashes.