Wearing a Safety Helmet
[Content Updated 04/17/2021] Thank you for stopping by the Ehline Law Firm. You just landed on our page about California bicycle helmet laws and information. There are many misunderstandings and misconceptions about the wearing of helmets. So here, we discuss the law and injury prevention.
First of all, helmets do not ensure a person will or will not be injured. Manufacturers intended these safety devices to lessen or mitigate brain injuries, fractures, and other problems. In any event, our firm has vast legal experience representing people wounded in bicycle wrecks. Ehline has obtained massive windfall-like rewards both in and out of court. We have done this for individuals designated by the firm.
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Some states require children to wear helmets; some states do not. In California, where our law firm is licensed, children should wear a helmet while riding a bicycle; or riding as a passenger on the back of a bike.
California Motor Vehicle Code Sec. 21212 (a) states:
“A person under 18 years of age shall not operate a bicycle, a nonmotorized scooter, or a skateboard, nor shall they wear in-line or roller skates, nor ride upon a bicycle, a nonmotorized scooter, or a skateboard as a passenger, upon a street, bikeway, as defined in Section 890.4 of the Streets and Highways Code, or any other public bicycle path or trail unless that person is wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet that meets the standards of either the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) or the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), or standards subsequently established by those entities. This requirement also applies to a person who rides upon a bicycle while in a restraining seat that is attached to the bicycle or in a trailer towed by the bicycle.”
Our task as parents, caregivers, attorneys, doctors, and others entrusted with the care of children is to keep them as safe as possible. Most of all, we want to assist them in preventing bike injuries. Most of all, following the law regarding helmet usage while cycling, skating, skateboarding, or rollerblading will go far to protect kids.
Compliance With Safety Regulations.
As the law states, the helmet your child wears should conform to the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials or the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Be sure the helmet meets current standards and has the seal from the testing agency.
The helmet should snugly fit on your child's head. There should be no "wiggle room." Also, the helmet should sit on the forehead, above the eyes, by about one inch. The helmet's shape should be rounded and not look like an adult helmet.
And this is because children must rest their heads on the back of a bike seat. Make sure the chin strap remains appropriately fastened. So it should stay snug and comfortable to the chin.
The child should not wear a hat under the helmet. And this is because it may interfere with the ventilation and comfort. If your child has fallen off a bike and the helmet hits anything, it becomes compromised. So replace the helmet right away. Once your child gets off the bike or is out of the seat, take their helmet off to prevent strangulation injuries. Chin straps me trapped on play equipment. So take it off.
Ehline Law Firm helps in the rear-mounted bike seat and other accidents. We, too, are parents and avid cyclists. Also, we use the trails along the Santa Ana River, Costa Mesa, and Huntington Beach. So it makes sense that we help those hurt in accidents in Long Beach, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, and Rossmoor. Contact us now at (888) 400-9721.