Mark Anderson is a board certified child injury lawyer who has been helping families across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex since 1991. Kids love cycling around their neighborhoods in rthe suburbs - and they should; it is great accident for children. But it can also be dangerous. If your child fell off their bike or was involved in a collision with a car or other behicle, it could cause life-threatening injuries. Buying a cycling helmet it the easiest way to help opreent your child from suffering brain injuries.
If your child has been injured while riding their bicycle, call the personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm for a free no obligation consultaion on your personal situation. Call toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at either 817-294-1900or 214-327-8000.
Not only are bike helmets required by Texas law for children under 18 years of age, wearing a helmet might save your child's life. A traumatic brain injury could have permanent consequences for your child's physical and mental health. As a parent, it is important to protect your child’s growing brain. As such, it is important when purchasing a new bicycle helmet for your child that you are buying the best helmet available in order to pretect their young brains. Here are the top five things to look out for:
1. Fit your child's current head size. Your child should try the helmet on before buying it. A loose helmet that is too big likely won't stay on in a collision. Use padding according to the manufacturer's instructions to properly fit the helmet. Ensure the helmet is snug and does not rock side to side. Adjust the buckles, chin strap, and padding.
2. Use only for Bicycling. A snug-fitting helmet may strangle or asphyxiate a child when used for activities other than bike riding. Never allow a child to wear a helmet on a playground, when playing outside, or climbing a tree.
3. No aero tails. Never allow a small child or toddler to wear an "aero" shaped helmet because it can force their airway closed, if the child is placed in a bike seat or carrier.
4. Discard when damaged. Replace the helmet when damaged or impacted in a collision. The foam inside the helmet may be compacted, so inspect the helmet carefully and often for signs of damage.
5. Look for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) certification. Look for a sticker inside the helmet.