The majority of head injuries sustained while riding a bicycle or scooter may be prevented by wearing a well-fitted bicycle helmet that meets the standards set forth by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Helmets certified by CPSC perform in the following ways:
- Do not block the rider’s peripheral vision
- Meet the requirements of the positional stability test and do not come off when the rider falls
- Securing straps do not over-stretch, thereby endangering the rider
- Significantly reduce the impact force to the rider’s head
As an experienced personal injury lawyer Indianapolis, IN looks to for bicycle and scooter injury claims, it is recommended that you do not purchase a helmet manufactured outside the U.S. Why? All helmets produced in the United States after 1999 conform to the above-referenced CPSC standards and should carry the seal of approval.
Recommendations for Fitting and Wearing Bicycle Helmets
Helmets are the single most effective piece of protective equipment for bicyclists and scooter enthusiasts who have been involved in a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association makes the following recommendations:
- Replace a helmet that has been involved in a crash. Even though damage may not be visible, structural components may be damaged.
- As your child grows, replace the helmet for a proper fit.
- If your helmet is uncomfortable, you are less likely to wear it. Purchase a CPSC certified helmet that fits your head comfortably.
- Your helmet should cover your forehead as much as possible.
- Adjust straps to a snug, but comfortable fit.
- If your helmet rocks forward, backward or sideways for more than an inch, readjust until you have the proper fit.
Personal Injury Attorneys With Experience
The personal injury attorneys at Ward & Ward Law Firm are experienced in holding defendant insurance companies accountable for the negligence of their insureds. Our attorneys have more than 90 years of combined experience in the fields of personal injury and resulting wrongful death. If you or your child has been injured by the negligence of another person while riding a bicycle, e-bike or scooter, give Charlie Ward a call today at 317-639-9501 to discuss your potential claim.