snibgo wrote:Unfortunately (from our point of view), the DfT report also says:Of the on-road serious cyclist casualties admitted to hospital in England (HES database):
• 10% suffered injuries of a type and to a part of the head that a cycle helmet may have mitigated or prevented; and a further
• 20% suffered ‘open wounds to the head’, some of which are likely to have been to a part of the head that a cycle helmet may have mitigated or prevented.
So it might mitigate or prevent 30% of 2450 injuries. Later, it says:Therefore, if cycle helmets had been worn, a proportion of this 7% may not have required hospital treatment at all.
I don't know what to make of this difference.
It depends on how the figures were compiled and if they were the old Stats 19 forms it was the Police and not medics who classified the head injuries.
It is also possible that an individual could incur both types of wound and appear in both sets, but be only saved once.