Time and time again, it’s been proven that helmets save lives. Last November 28, bicyclist Kurt Krieger of Meridian was tragically killed after he was struck by a car in Meridian. Krieger died at the scene from blunt force trauma after attempting to cross at an intersection with no stop sign. He was not wearing a helmet.
Helmet use has been proved to reduce head injury risk for bicyclists by 85%. A wide variety of helmets are available from most any sporting goods store or local bike shop.
Bicycle helmets come in three basic styles: sport/multi-use, road bike, and mountain bike. All are designed to be lightweight and provide some significant head protection in the event of an accident.
Sport/multi-use helmets typically come in a single adjustable size and are labeled as being for men, women, or children. To adjust the fit, you need to expand the sizing wheel, place the helmet on your head, and tighten the ring until you achieve a snug fit. The helmet should be level on your head with the front edge no more than one inch above your eyebrows. When you push the helmet from side to side or back to front, there should be minimal shifting.
Road bike and mountain bike helmets generally come in small, medium, large, or extended sizes. When in doubt, or if you feel you’re between sizes, it’s best to go for the smaller option. A helmet that is too big offers minimal safety protection.
The law requires all bicycle helmets sold in the United States to meet standards set by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). The nonprofit Snell Foundation also endorses certain helmet models. Helmets come in a wide range of prices, but you don’t need to break your budget to be protected. Fit and consistent use is more important than price when it comes to bicycle safety. However, it’s worth paying a little extra for a colorful and stylish helmet if you’re a parent trying to coax your child into regular helmet use.
Bicycle helmets should be replaced every three to five years or whenever you’re involved in an accident causing a head impact. Over time, exposure to UV light and natural weathering weaken the structure of the helmet. Crashes can cause internal damage even if the helmet looks fine from the outside.
To avoid accidentally damaging your bike helmet, only clean it with mild soap and water. Do not store helmets in attics, car trucks, garages, or other areas where excessive heat can accumulate.
Holzer Edwards Can Help
Helmets offer important safety protection, but cyclists are still vulnerable to injury whenever a crash occurs. If you or someone you love has been injured by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other accident-related expenses. Call (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992 to speak with the experienced personal injury attorneys at Holzer Edwards.