California weather is ideal for bicycle riding. Though of course, all cyclists should wear bicycle helmets, as this is the safe thing to do, are they required to do so by law? Please continue reading and speak with our firm to learn more about the bicycle helmet laws in California and how our firm can assist you if you’ve been hurt in a bicycle accident. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the bicycle helmet laws in California?
Here in California, those who are over the age of 18 are not required, by law, to wear a helmet when cycling. However, if you are under the age of 18, you are legally required to wear a properly fitted, fastened, and approved bicycle helmet if you are riding a bicycle on a street, bikeway, or any other public bike path/trail, whether you are the one operating the bicycle or you are riding as a passenger. That being said, just because those over the age of 18 are not required by law to wear a bicycle helmet does not mean they should neglect to wear helmets, as bicycle helmets may save their lives, should they ever crash.
What should I do if I am injured in a bicycle accident?
If you are injured in a bicycle accident as a result of another motorist’s negligence, there is a very good chance that you are unable to do anything other than awaiting the arrival of emergency services, as bicycles offer very little protection from the sheer size and force of a motor vehicle. However, if you can, you should do everything in your power to document the incident to maximize your chance of winning a personal injury claim in the future. If possible, try to take the following steps:
- Call the police. They will also send an ambulance to the scene of the accident.
- Ask the other driver for his or her insurance information.
- Ask anyone who witnessed your accident for their name, phone number, and email address.
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident, including of your injuries and of any damage to your bike/property that was involved in the accident.
- Ensure that you receive immediate medical treatment, and from there, obtain a copy of all documentation associated with your injury.
- Retain the services of a knowledgeable El Dorado County personal injury lawyer within the state’s statute of limitations, which is, generally, two years from the date of your accident. Our firm is here to help you today.
Contact our experienced California firm
Whether you’ve been injured in an accident due to negligence or you’ve been charged with a DUI, you cannot afford to proceed without strong legal representation at your side. Here at The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes, we are dedicated to helping all those in need of an attorney who can efficiently fight for their rights. Contact our firm today so we can discuss your case.