Helmets Are Critical Safety Equipment for Kids Bicycling, Skating & Skateboarding


November 13, 2013

Anyone traveling the streets of Atlanta is likely to see kids engaged in bicycling, inline skating, skateboarding or roller skating without a helmet. Many kids suffer serious head injuries during falls when engaged in these types of outdoor recreational activities, which could have been prevented with the use of appropriate protective head gear. The risk associated with the failure to use a helmet when riding a bicycle is evidenced by the fact that sixty percent of fatal bicycle accidents involve head injuries according to a Rush University Medical Center report. The decision not to wear a helmet when biking or engaging in similar types of recreational activities can have a dramatic impact given that 88 percent of brain injuries would be prevented by helmet use based on a study published by the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute.

Brain injuries that occur when cycling or skateboarding may be caused by the jarring motion associated with a sudden stop or sharp turn as well as the impact during a fall which may cause either an open or closed head injury. According to James Young MD, a nationally renowned expert on traumatic brain injuries, brain injuries may occur without a helmet during such activities even when traveling a low rates of speed. Young also points out that serious brain injuries may even occur without any loss of consciousness so it is important to seek immediate medical attention. When medical attention is not sought promptly, bleeding may cause pressure on the brain to build resulting in permanent loss of cognitive functioning, memory loss, behavioral changes, other forms of impairment and even wrongful death.

These types of recreational activities can result in accidents because of careless and inattentive motorists that collide with those on bicycles and skateboards, defective recreational equipment or unsafely designed or maintained roadways. The specific nature of the accident will determine the party responsible for causing the injuries. Sometimes multiple parties may be liable which may include a negligent driver, equipment manufacturer or public entity. Our Atlanta bicycle accident lawyers conduct an appropriate investigation of our clients' crash so that we can identify all potential sources of recovery.

Georgia law requires anyone riding a bike who is under the age of 16 to wear a helmet; however, there is no such requirement for those over the age of 16. Further, there is no legal requirement that anyone wear a helmet when skating or skateboarding. Regardless of the legal requirement to wear a helmet, the insurance company for a negligent motorist who collides with a skateboarder or skater may argue that the failure to wear a helmet contributed to the victim's injuries. This strategy could result in a substantial reduction in damages because head injuries are the most common type of injury in such accidents. Therefore, the failure to wear a helmet may be a significant factor in the severity of injuries in such cases.

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If you or someone you love has been involved in bicycle, roller skating and skateboarding accident, our Atlanta Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates have been representing injury victims for over thirty years throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

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