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California Helmet Laws / How They Affect Your Insurance Claim

Whether you’re cruising down the trailways or enjoying the breeze at a local park, many Californians have taken to the healthy trend of bicycling. With the popularity of bike share systems such as Metro and Jump, it is becoming easier for pedestrians to travel by bicycle. 

However, when combined with the city’s already aggressive traffic, many do not realize how much danger they’re actually in. West Coast Trial Lawyers is ranked as the top personal injury law firm in Los Angeles. We are dedicated to getting maximum compensation for all personal injury victims. WCTL has a history of success longer than most bicycle accident lawyers in the area. In this article, we will discuss California’s helmet laws and how they can affect your insurance claim. 

Pasadena Bike Injury Attorney 

In 2017, Metro Bike Sharing programs brought 31 bike kiosks to Pasadena, adding to the 94 stations in LA County and resulting in about 1,400 bikes. 

Irvine Bike Injury Lawyer 

From 2001-2012, there were 445 bike injuries in Irvine where the cyclist was found at fault

Adults Do Not Have To Wear A Helmet 

Though it is greatly encouraged, there is not a single state that requires adults to wear a helmet on a bicycle. While motorcycle law differs, California bicycle law has remained consistent across the board. Smaller communities such as Bidwell Park, Chino, and El Cerrito do require bikers to wear helmets, although this is not enforced by California law.

There are some cyclists who speak up against helmet laws, but not wearing a helmet can expose you to serious injury, such as brain damage, spinal cord injury, or even death

Minors Must Wear A Helmet 

In the State of California, it is required for everyone under the age of 17 to wear a helmet not only when riding a bike, but also on skateboards and scooters. These helmets must fit correctly and must pass the qualifications set by the California Vehicle Code. Failure to do so could expose you to fines, civil liability, or other penalties. 

California Helmet Standards 

In accordance with the California Vehicle Code, all helmets need to meet a set of qualifications in order to be sold. This means the helmet must go through certain requirements before it can be approved. Listed below are a few of the conditions addressed by the law.

Consumer Product Safety Commission. With regards to the Consumer Product Safety Act, the CPSC states that a helmet must not have any blinders and cannot block the rider’s view in any way. It also states that the helmet should attach securely to the head, even in the case of a fall. 

American Society For Testing Materials. This association tests the products for impact strength and stability. 

Snell. The Snell Memorial Foundation has been in business since 1976 and is known for having the strictest requirements for helmet structure in the world. 

Selling helmets that are not up to industry standard is illegal in the state of California. Wearing an unapproved helmet is not only unsafe, but it exposes you to legal liability. 

Liability, Insurance, and Financial Compensation   

Finding who is at fault can be a lengthy and complicated process, so it is always recommended to find a bicycle accident lawyer. If you are struck by a vehicle and you are not wearing a helmet you risk settling for a smaller financial reward. Insurance companies may attempt to convince the court that you were negligent by not wearing the proper gear. A cyclist may also suffer penalties if it is determined that the driver was subject to uncontrolled circumstances. This could be the carelessness of the bicyclist, the condition of the roads, the lighting of the streets, or any other outside interference. 

Cyclists are always encouraged to wear the proper gear in order to protect themselves from bicycle related injuries or fatal accidents. 

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help

If you have sustained injuries as a result of a bicycle accident, you have the right to hold the guilty party responsible. A bicycle accident attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering from your injury. 

Call us today at (213) 927-3700 or email to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team.

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