Bicycle accidents involving children can sometimes lead to serious head injuries, and even death. Bike accident statistics show that a person riding a bike without a helmet is 14 times more likely to be involved in a fatal bicycle accident than bicyclists with helmets. Also, an estimated 45-88% of the brain injuries caused by bicycle accidents could have been avoided if the bike rider wore a helmet.
Common sense tells us that the best way to protect a child from head trauma is educate them on the importance of always wearing a helmet.
However, what are the consequences of wearing a defective bike helmet? While bike helmets are designed to protect the head from heavy impact, sometimes helmet manufacturers do make mistakes, and bike recalls do exist.
Risk of Injury From a Defective Bicycle Helmet
A defective bike helmet can pose a significant risk to your child in the event of a bicycle accident since it fails to provide protection in one or more of the following ways:
- Insufficient protection by the hard outer shell of the helmet.
- A soft, inner padding that fails to cushion the skull and brain from injury.
- Overall failure to protect the brain from moving abruptly inside the skull.
Some of the injuries that can result from defective bike helmets include brain trauma, fractures to the skull and face, concussions, and death.
Seeking Legal Advice Concerning Your Child’s Injuries Due to a Defective Helmet
A traumatic injury to your child stemming from the use of a defective helmet in a bicycle accident may have lifelong consequences for your child and the rest of your family. You child may suffer life-altering brain damage and disabilities, which will put an extra emotional and financial burden on the entire family.
If a helmet manufacturer is liable for your child’s head injury in Massachusetts, you may be entitled to bring a lawsuit against them. To find out about your legal options, it is best to consult with a Boston child injury lawyer today.
It is important that the lawyer you choose has a previous experience of successfully handling defective products cases and understands the intricacies of child injuries caused by bicycle accidents, particularly regarding bike helmets usage.
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