A four-wheeler accident Thursday morning in Baldwin is underscoring the importance of wearing helmets.
Emergency responders transported a 10-year-old Nebraska boy by helicopter Thursday morning to an area hospital after a crash involving an all-terrain vehicle.
Mik Hulse of Burwell, Neb., was in serious condition Thursday at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
Lawrence-Douglas Fire & Medical Battalion Chief Rob Kort said the boy was riding a four-wheeler without a helmet in a new subdivision just west of Baldwin High School when he struck a stationary piece of equipment.
The boy's father and uncle were doing power-line work at the subdivision, Kort said he had heard.
The accident occurred about 9:27 a.m. Emergency workers used LifeNet in Olathe to transport the boy to Children's Mercy.
"It's very important to wear a helmet," Kort said.
The battalion chief didn't have statistics specific to four-wheeler accidents, but he offered some numbers on bike-related accidents. The numbers would be even higher for accidents involving four-wheelers and other motorized vehicles, he said.
- Bicycle accidents annually kill 300 children 14 years old and under in the United States. Ninety percent of those accidents involve motor vehicles.
- Four of five bike-related deaths result from head injuries.
- Bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by 85 percent and brain injuries by 90 percent.
But less than 15 percent of children wear helmets, Kort said.
"To be on a motorized vehicle, it's imperative they wear a helmet because their risks go up," the battalion chief said.
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