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The Importance of Bicycle Helmets

If there is one piece of safety gear that is of the utmost importance for those who enjoy traveling by bike, it is a proper bicycle helmet. The California statutes do not require all bikers to strap on a helmet before heading out, but it is important that all cyclists do. There are simply too many risks involved when a helmet is not worn, and wearing protective headgear can greatly help prevent significant injuries if you are in a bicycle accident. Still, when larger vehicles collide with cyclists on the road, those on a bicycle have little chance of escaping without injury. When that is the case, accident victims must speak to a San Francisco bicycle accident lawyer to ensure they receive the compensation to which they are entitled.

California and Federal Law on Bicycle Helmets

California law stipulates that all riders under the age of 18 must wear a helmet at all times while on a bicycle. The law also applies to those under the age of 18 who wear inline skates, roller skates, and who ride on scooters and skateboards. Those who violate this law could face civil penalties such as high fines.

In addition to this law, federal law also outlines the standards for bicycle helmets. It is illegal for anyone to sell bicycle helmets that do not meet these standards. However, when purchasing a new helmet, it is important to look for the signs and symbols indicating that it complies with safety standards.

It is also important that cyclists understand the laws within their own municipalities. Bidwell and Chico, for example, require everyone to wear a bicycle helmet, even though state law does not. If you are unsure of what the laws are where you live, reach out to a bicycle accident attorney in San Francisco today.

The Importance of Bicycle Helmets

Many adults choose not to wear a bicycle helmet for several reasons. They may think it is uncomfortable, or they may simply want to feel the full freedom of being on a bike. It is of critical importance though, that no one gets onto a bicycle without first strapping on a helmet.

Traumatic brain injuries are some of the most severe a person could sustain. These injuries are also common in bicycle accidents. Helmets do not always protect your head and brain from injury in the event of a bike crash. However, they can help prevent the immediate bleeding that often occurs when a head forcefully strikes pavement, as it often does in a bicycle accident.

Additionally, even though it is not law for adults to wear a bicycle helmet, failing to wear one could reduce your compensation in the event of a crash. Under California’s comparative fault law, insurance companies and the courts will reduce an accident victim’s compensation if they contributed to the crash. While not wearing a helmet will not cause an accident, it also will not prevent injuries from becoming worse. A jury or an insurance company could see that as partial negligence, which can lower the amount of compensation you receive.

Need Help with a Claim? Call a San Francisco Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today

Even when wearing a helmet, cyclists sustain severe injuries in an accident. If you have been hurt, you need the help of a skilled bicycle accident attorney in San Francisco. The experienced attorneys at Willoughby Brod, LLP will review your case for free and advise you of all the legal options you have after a crash. If you are entitled to compensation, they will aggressively pursue the insurance companies and at-fault party to ensure you get the full amount to which you are entitled. Call us today at (800) 427-7020 so we can get started reviewing your case.

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