When you are riding your bike, you are always told to remember to wear a helmet. But does a bike helmet really protect you? The short answer is, absolutely yes. Many fatal bike accidents could be prevented with a helmet. When you wear your bike without a properly fitted helmet, you risk a traumatic brain injury that can cause lasting disability and even death.
Suffered a Fall? Need a New Helmet
Many people don’t know that if you have suffered a fall in which your helmet hit the ground, you need to get a new one. The structural integrity of your helmet, if damaged, can suffer and not provide you with the right protection the next fall. So if you were hit on your bike and fell but did not suffer any injuries, it is time to look for a new helmet.
Check Your Insurance Policy
Many people have insurance coverage through their uninsured motorist or underinsured motorist coverage. Some policies may require you to be wearing a helmet to pay out. Check your policy for requirements. It is also a good idea to have insurance while riding your bike. While a helmet protects your head, you can still suffer other injuries if you are involved in a bike accident. If an uninsured motorist hits you and you lack insurance coverage, you may be on the hook for substantial medical bills.
If you have been involved in a bike accident, it is important to call an attorney right away. You have only a certain amount of time to bring your claim. Your attorney will need time to gather evidence to get you the compensation you deserve.