Why is it Important to Wear a Bicycle Helmet?
As the Southern California weather starts warming up, more and more people will be riding their bicycles, whether for exercise, recreation, or even their daily commute to work. But it is important to remember that while riding a bike is more healthful, economical, and environmentally-friendly than driving a car, it is also more dangerous.
Bicyclists have certain rights to the road under California law, but not all other drivers see it that way. Through inattention, distraction, or even just lack of concern or care, drivers of motor vehicles place bike riders in danger and when a multi-ton motor vehicle crashes into or even slightly clips a bicycle, the result can be devastating. This is why experienced Long Beach bicycle accident attorney Joseph H. Low encourages all cyclists to wear the appropriate protective gear, specifically a properly-fitted bike helmet.
Wearing a bicycle helmet may not necessarily protect your head from suffering injury altogether, depending on the severity of the crash, but it may lessen the force of impact and reduce the level of injury. Head injuries can have life-altering consequences and so it is in a rider’s best interests to protect their head as best they can.
Even after all bike riders may do to protect themselves, they are still at the mercy of motor vehicle drivers on the road. There is no excuse for a car driver to assume that bicycle riders must always be aware of them while not doing the same in return. If you have been injured as the result of a negligent or reckless driver in California, Joseph H. Low can help. For a free consultation, contact us online today, or call (888) 454-5569.