On Saturday, April 17th, attorneys David Daggett and Griff Shuler of Daggett Shuler Law appeared on Triad Today to discuss the basics of bicycle helmet safety and what adult riders should be mindful of when helping kids learn to ride. Watch the segment:
Bicycle Helmet Use Statistics
In North Carolina, state law mandates that all riders under age 16 must wear a helmet every time they ride. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. In fact, 60% of all bicycle-related fatalities involve head injuries. But did you know that wearing a helmet cuts that risk by 85%? A helmet is a small investment that could save your life, and the life of your child.
How to Get a Proper Helmet Fit
There are some basics everyone should be aware of when purchasing a helmet, to ensure you have a proper fit:
- Helmets should fit snugly, without moving from side to side or back and forth on the forehead.
- The helmet should sit low on the forehead, about two finger-widths above the eyebrows.
- The side straps should form a “Y” and meet right below each ear.
- The chin strap should fit snugly, with room for no more than one finger between the strap and the chin.
Due to Styrofoam deterioration, helmets should be replaced every two to three years, and much like a car seat, should always be replaced immediately following a crash. Because of this deterioration, helmets should not be handed-down.
You may be asking, “But how can I get my child to actually wear a helmet?” The best way to get your child to wear a helmet is to lead by example. Studies show that only 40% of children wear a bike helmet, but they are much more likely to do so if they see their parents or trusted adults wearing them when riding.
Later in the episode, David Daggett also participated in the Roundtable discussion with Ogi Overman and Keith Grandberry. They talked about current news items and political issues. Watch the video:
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As always, the team at Daggett Shuler Law is proud to help support efforts to do good in our local area. Our firm is heavily involved in the Triad community. We believe in setting an example and supporting those working to improve the quality and health of our communities.
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