This is what a great helmet looks like --after it’s been put to the test. The helmet effectively absorbed the impact when
Attorney Joe Piscitello crashed and struck his head on the road surface in 2005. Helmets are essential
to wear while riding a bike, whether you’re in the suburbs, city,
trail or competing. Not only is it a safety precaution, but in some places,
it’s the law. In Philadelphia, while adults are not required to
wear helmets, all children under the age of 13 are legally required to comply.
The speed at which cyclists travel varies depending on various conditions.
However, if you’re going downhill, your speed could go over 20 MPH.
If something causes you to crash at that speed, you could either have
a collision that is linear, rotational, or both. While skulls are designed
to protect our brains, they are separated from direct contact with the
gray matter by a thin cover of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The thin layer
of CSF may prevent the brain from making direct, hard contact with the
skull, which could cause damage. If a helmet isn’t providing a cushion
between pavement and skull, you will likely experience at least a fracture
if not more extensive damage.
Another important reason to wear a helmet is to assist a legal matter if
the crash was caused by the negligence of another person or company. If
a car is responsible for dooring you, for example, but you weren’t
wearing a helmet, you may not get as much back in compensation. The lawyer
defending the person or company responsible for your crash might argue
your injuries could have been prevented had you taken the precaution of
wearing a helmet. While your injury may have nothing to do with cranial
damage, it still may count against you as a lack of caution.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center
for Injury Prevention and Control, more than 900 bicyclists were killed
in 2013. There were another 494,000 emergency room visits that year because
of bicycle related injuries. If you’ve been injured in a biking
crash, talk to one of our
Philadelphia bicycle crash attorneys. We’re one of the few firms in the region that specialize in representing
people injured in cycling crashes. Piscitello Law includes our clients
in the decision-making process, so the client’s interest will always
be paramount. Our firm also researches the circumstances surrounding the
crash to gather relevant data, such as taking photos of the area or using
a bike ride combined with a bike-mounted camera to catch video. We also
retain relevant expert witnesses if needed, such as engineers with reconstruction
backgrounds and expert physicians. Their testimony can connect specific
injuries to the mechanics of how they were sustained during the crash.
Talk to one of our experienced advocates in a case consultation by calling
(215) 372-8768 or
filling out our online form with your information. We look forward to hearing from you.