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Southern California | Bicycle Attorneys

Bike injuries can throw you off your game.
Call our office today. Let us advocate for you.

888-30BIKELAW (888-302-4535)

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Do you have to throw away a bicycle helmet after an accident?

Cycling is a thrilling activity that combines exercise and transportation. Yet, it also presents potential risks, with accidents sometimes leading to severe injuries. In fact, there were over 48,000 bicycle accidents reported in California in 2022, according to the National Safety Council.

To mitigate these dangers, cyclists wear helmets, which absorb the impact during a crash and protect the head from injury. But what happens when you have had an accident, and your helmet appears unscathed? Should you still replace it?

The hidden damage

Manufacturers design bike helmets to protect your head from the impact of a fall or collision. They do this through a layer of crushable foam. When you suffer a blow, the foam deforms to absorb the shock and minimize the force reaching your skull.

After an accident, even if the helmet shows no visible damage, it could have crushed or compacted foam that will not offer the same level of protection in another accident. A helmet with compromised foam will not protect your head as effectively as a new helmet, making it important to replace it.

Ensuring maximum protection

While it might seem unnecessary to replace a helmet that looks fine, remember the principle of maximum protection. If you have been in an accident, your helmet has already absorbed some level of impact. As a result, it might not offer you the same level of protection if another accident were to occur.

You could think of your bicycle helmet as a kind of insurance policy. You hope never to use it, but if an accident does happen, you want the best possible protection. By replacing your helmet after an accident, you ensure that you are providing your head with the best possible defense in case of another crash.

Safety should always be your priority, and using a helmet that has been in an accident compromises your protection. So, after an accident, give yourself peace of mind and prioritize your safety by getting a new helmet.

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