There has always been a discussion if it should be compulsory to wear helmets for cycling or not. Different sides bring their arguments to the table.
Doctor and neurosurgeon Henry Marsh is also a devoted cyclist and he says that helmets are “too flimsy” to protect once head from a serious injury. “I ride a bike and I never wear a helmet,” he says. He states that according to studies there is no reduction in bike injuries in countries where helmets are compulsory. Those who wear helmets statistically get hit by vehicles more often than those who don’t. However, they are more likely to survive if they’re wearing one.
So, in any case, whether as a cyclist you use a helmet or not, it is advisable to have a personal injury lawyer on retainer from a reputed firm such as Eatons, as this can prove to be useful on the off chance that you do become a victim of a road accident through no fault of your own.
However, drivers tend to think that cyclists in helmets are more professional, therefore have better reaction time. On the contrary, drivers behave more carefully with those without a helmet, Marsh states.
Despite that, the recent study conducted by academics from the University College Dublin proved that helmets are useful. Findings show that helmet protection is effective at low speeds (50 km/h or 31 mph). Drivers should always take care around cyclists, helmeted or not, but they should also make sure their insurance is up to date. This encompass insurance review may be useful if you’re looking for a new provider that will cover you should you have an accident involving a cyclist.
When the speed increases helmets turn out to be less effective but can still soften secondary impacts against the ground after the collision. It is still necessary to take effective steps to ensure that more cyclists start wearing helmets. In states where the number of bike accidents is high, the government might make it mandatory. To encourage their kids to wear helmets, parents could buy them unique helmet stickers. Internet and television advertising can also be used to spread the word about the importance of wearing a helmet.
Being in any collision is going to cause issues, whether it be light injuries or heavier ones, a car hitting a cyclist will cause harm to the cyclist in question, with or without a helmet. If this has happened a bike accident attorney will need to be contacted to go over the next steps of how to go about this, especially if the driver is at fault in any way. They need to be held accountable for what they have done.
My friend has a concussion after a bike accident. His helmet saved his life. Wear your helmet! #bikehelmetssavelives pic.twitter.com/mE9CYe0mlZ
— Elaine McKay (@C_ElaineMcKay) December 17, 2014