SAFE

Jamaica Gleaner - - MA­TIONAL RAOD SAFETY COUN­CIL'S -

30 per cent, on an av­er­age, and the risk of be­ing killed by up to 40 per cent. The in­tro­duc­tion of the crash hel­met has brought about a change in the type of se­vere head in­jury caused by two-wheeler ac­ci­dents. Be­fore hel­mets were used, the type of in­jury of­ten seen was an open lin­ear or de­pressed frac­ture of the fore­head un­der a se­verely lac­er­ated scalp. Of­ten, it was smeared with dirt from the road and there was rather lo­calised brain dam­age.

Crash hel­mets pre­vent lac­er­a­tion of the scalp to a great ex­tent. They also re­duce the in­ci­dence of skull frac­tures and brain dam­age.

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