Anyone who thinks about cycling should think about buying the most vital item of protective equipment available today – a cycling helmet. It’s not enough to simply choose one online or opt for one that looks good. There are a number of things you need to bear in mind before you make this all-important purchase.
For example you need to make sure the helmet fits your head exactly. In the event of an accident it must stay on your head and not be too loose, otherwise it’s as good as useless. Ideally you should visit a proper bike shop and have the assistant fit it properly on your head. They’ll know how it should fit and they can adjust it for you so you can take it home already adjusted.
You’ll need an accurate head measurement in order to get a proper fit. Some cycling helmets come with padding that can be inserted or removed to get an exact fit. Finally if you should ever drop your helmet you should replace it immediately, even if it doesn’t appear to be damaged. Even the slightest damage could result in poor protection if you ever needed it.
How dangerous is it not to wear a helmet?
If a cyclist is involved in an accident with any other road user they are likely to come off worst because they have far less protection to aid them. Wearing a cycling helmet does protect the most important part of your body – your head. Not wearing one means you are far more liable to receive severe head injuries that could injure you temporarily, permanently or even prove fatal. Helmets are cheap and certainly cost far less than any price you could put on your life.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline now if you think you might be entitled to compensation
If you have been involved in an accident as a cyclist within the last three years and you believe the other party involved was at fault, you might be in a position to bring a no win, no fee* claim against them. Accident Advice Helpline operates a free 24/7 enquiry line you can call at any time for advice and support. Being involved in an accident can be devastating, especially when you’re a cyclist. When it wasn’t your fault it can be even harder to get through it – but with our assistance you might be able to claim compensation.
Date Published: September 12, 2014
Author: David Brown