When to Replace a Helmet

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When to Replace a Bicycle Helmet

In contemporary society, it is common knowledge that wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle is a good idea. However, Georgia bicycle helmet laws only require bicyclists to wear helmets if they are younger than 16. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident and were not wearing a helmet, a bicycle accident attorney knows the law may work to your advantage or disadvantage. 

There is a chance you could claim that because helmets are not required by law, your claim should not be affected by your choice not to wear one. Conversely, the jury could decide that you should have known better, regardless of the law. If your helmet was worn out or needed to be replaced prior to your accident, it may be almost as bad as not wearing a helmet at all.

Reasons to Replace a Bicycle Helmet

You should always replace your helmet after a crash, regardless of whether you were seriously injured or if your helmet shows signs of cracking. Helmets can be weakened by any impact, and some cracks are too small to see. If your helmet is weakened, it won’t protect you as well in the next crash. Similarly, you should always replace a helmet that shows signs of damage. 

Additionally, any helmet that is not certified by the following agencies should be replaced: 

  • CPSC
  • ASTM
  • Snell

The condition of these helmets is irrelevant. Helmets that are not certified by any of those agencies are not legal or safe under Georgia bicycle helmet laws. If you were injured in a bicycle accident, whether you were wearing a helmet at the time of your accident or not, you should contact a bicycle accident attorney.

At Shane Smith Law, our attorneys are familiar with traffic and bicycle helmet laws. Contact us today for a free consultation about your case. Call (980) 246-2656.

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