Piazza, Simmons, & Grant

Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers

Many people take to the roads every day on their bikes. Riding a bicycle is a great way to get exercise or commute to work, and in some areas of the country, it’s faster to travel by bike than it is to drive by car. If you’ve ever driven in New York City, you know the feeling of frustration and amusement when a bike commuter whizzes by you while you’re stuck in gridlocked traffic.

Most people know a helmet is essential for bicycle safety. In the state of Connecticut, the law requires anyone under the age of 16 to wear a helmet when riding a bike. Helmets are strongly encouraged for people of all ages.

Helmets Reduce But Don’t Prevent Injuries

Although a helmet reduces the risk of head injury in an accident, serious injuries can and do still happen. A recent study showed that wearing a bike helmet can reduce the risk of a bike-related casualty by 65%. Parallel studies, however, have found that wearing a bicycle helmet won’t necessarily protect a rider from one of the most traumatic head injuries, a concussion. This is especially true for children. With a concussion, the injury is actually caused by the impact of the brain hitting the inside of the skull—an impact your helmet doesn’t prevent. A concussion is a serious head injury that can lead to long-term challenges.

How to Increase Helmet Protection Against Head Injuries

Methods to proactively increase the chance of a helmet protecting you from a serious head injury include:

  • Always wear a helmet that is no more than three years old. It depends on the manufacturer, but replacing a helmet every three years is a good general rule to follow.
  • Ensure that the helmet fits correctly. It should not be too big, as a loose helmet can shift easily and leave portions of your head vulnerable. If your helmet is too small, you are not getting the correct coverage.
  • If your helmet has sustained an impact, either from an accident or from being dropped, replace it right away.

Contact a Connecticut Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today

At The Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons, and Grant, LLC we understand the difficulties of dealing with a serious injury after a bicycle accident. Manage trips to medical specialists, taking time off work to heal, and facing mounting medical bills can be overwhelming and stressful. We have extensive experience helping clients who have suffered serious injuries in bicycle accidents. Our top priority is advocating for our clients’ rights. Call us today at 203-348-2465 or contact us online to schedule a consultation to discuss the details of your case.

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