Thursday, September 26, 2013

Los Angeles Bicycle Safety: Use Your Head, Wear a Helmet

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Bikes can be equally (or even more) dangerous than riding a vehicle. Bikes are often involved in crashes that cause injuries to riders. In worst cases, these accidents can even claim the lives of these poor bikers.

Using your head to protect it
While there is not much that you can do to stop these accidents, what you can do as a rider is to lessen the negative effects of such mishaps. Wearing biking safety gear can help lessen the chances of you getting severe injuries that can cause disabilities to people. According to a Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney, of all the personal injury claims he handled, injuries were lessened because of these gear. Especially with injuries on one’s head, wearing a helmet significantly lowers the risk of brain injuries that can get one permanently disabled, or killed.

What's in it with helmets?
So helmets help protect one’s head. But is it all that one needs to know about these biking safety gears? Here are some of the things that you should keep in mind when it comes to helmets.

What if he doesn't wear his helmet?... watch carefully...

There are three types of helmets; road, multi-sport, BMX helmets.
  • A road helmet is the best kind of protection that meets the needs of most bicyclists. Made of foam, it has soft pads that improve fit and comfort. This is held on the head of the rider with the use of adjustable straps.
  • Multi-sport helmets on the other hand are designed for people who use bikes, skateboards, or rollerblades. These have fewer air vents with a thicker plastic shell.
  • BMC helmets provide more protection to the rider’s head. These look at lot like motorcycle helmets with a chin bar that protects the rider’s head in the event of big crashes.

What are the features that helmets offer?
  • Vents. Helmets have vents to keep you cool your head down while riding.
  • Straps. These help keep your helmets snugly fit on your head, keeping your head protected in the event of a crash.
  • Pads. These removable pads in the helmets helps improve fit to the rider’s head. Moreover it also provides comfort and additional protection as it helps absorbs some of the impact in the event of a crash. The same pads can be interchanged for sanitary purposes.

Getting the “perfect” fit
  • Like seat belts, helmets work best when worn correctly. That is why the helmet you should buy must not slide or bounce around on your head. On the front end, it should be at least two finger-widths from your eyebrows.

Helmet replacement 
  • As soon as you see damage on it, you should immediately replace it. You must also replace that in the event of a crash where you hit your head. Finally, only get helmets certified by CPSC, ASTM, or Snell.

Biking can really be dangerous. That is why you should use your head properly and do anything you can to protect it. If you ever get injuries that got you injured on any part of your body, hiring the services of a Los Angeles attorney can help you make those negligent people accountable for their actions, of their lack of it.


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