IIHS Looks at State Bike Helmet Laws
National traffic safety agencies have been figuring out that increased helmet laws do a lot to protect bicycle riders and others on the road not in conventional four-wheeled vehicles. In multiple studies of traffic accident rates and injury costs across various U.S. states, researchers have found that helmet use and the strict laws that enforce it tend to bring down the average cost of injuries, severity of head injuries and length of medical stays among other key characteristics of bike-related accidents.
A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety looks at the instances of helmet laws across all 50 U.S. states. Overall, California fares pretty well. Along with several other states, California has the strictest bicycle helmet laws on the books with mandatory helmet use for all riders under the age of 17. An assortment of other U.S. states only require helmet use for bicycle riders under 15, and many other states seem to have no relevant laws, although some have created restrictions on passenger helmet use and other related risk factors.
With all of the bike safety laws currently in effect, it’s clear that bicycling on busy roads is an activity with its own risks. If you suffer injury in a bicycle accident in Los Angeles or the surrounding area, call our Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyer at The Law Offices of Samer Habbas. You will receive professional, experienced help for your personal injury case. Mr. Habbas has helped many families and individuals with their bicycle injury claims, and he can help with yours, too. Call 888-848-5084 today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.