Bicycle riding is both a popular recreational activity and means of transportation in Southern California.
Studies show that more bicyclists than ever are now wearing helmets when riding.
The number one reason to wear a bicycle helmet is to protect your head if you are involved in an accident or fall and hit the pavement. Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of head injury by 85 percent, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
California is a state that has a law requiring bicycle helmets, especially for riders under the age of 18 and children under 5 who are passengers.
California Vehicle Code Section 21212(a) basically states that any person may ride a bicycle, skateboard or non-motorized scooter, etc. only when wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet that meets the required standards.
Statistics show that states with helmet laws experienced 20 percent fewer deaths among younger riders. In short, not wearing a helmet in a bike accident increases the risk of a head injury or death. It has been noted that approximately 1,000 people die in bike accidents every year and almost 75 percent of those deaths are caused by head injuries.
The next time your child goes out for a bike ride, no matter whether he’s riding to the corner or a few streets away, make sure he wears a helmet. If he or she complains, tell them about all the people whose lives were changed forever by a head injury that could have been prevented just by wearing a helmet.
When a bicyclist is injured after being hit by a vehicle, the injuries can be catastrophic. It is common for a bicyclist to become airborne and land on their back, head or side.
Unfortunately, cyclists are injured or killed every day in bicycle accidents due to driver negligence. If you or a family member is injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to substantial money damages for your injuries, even in a case involving what may appear to you to be a minor injury.
Without a competent attorney to assist you in winning the compensation you deserve, you may end up facing financial stress as you try to pay your medical bills on your own.
Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at the law offices of Welebir | Tierney, located in San Bernardino County. We will aggressively fight for a full recovery for you and your family.