By far, the single most critical factor in the prevention of head injuries to bicycle riders is the use of a safety helmet. Defective helmets, however, whether defective in design or in their manufacture, can actually contribute to serious injury or death in the event of a bicycle accident.
Free Defective Bicycle Helmet Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective bicycle helmet, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
A helmet can mean the difference between life and death for a bicycle rider. Countless people depend on them to protect themselves from serious head injury and death in the event of a crash. However, if a helmet is designed poorly or malfunctions, its failure can result in significant injury.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has certain requirements that bicycle helmets must meet in order to be sold in stores. If a helmet fails to meet these standards during testing, the manufacturer must issue a recall. Manufacturers may issue recalls that are not required by the CPSC if they do not feel their product meets expectations, even if it passes required tests.
Defective Bicycle Helmet Issues
Most issues that would cause a helmet to be defective involve:
- poor design
- faulty materials
- negligent manufacturing
- faulty chin straps or strap rivets
- problems with the shell of the helmet
- faulty lining or padding
- missing information or mislabeling
Bicycle helmets are designed to withstand the force of a heavy impact. All helmets are built featuring two essential protective components - a hard outer protective shell and a soft inner lining. The inner lining of a helmet is not only designed for comfort, but also to prevent brain injury. In fact, the primary purpose of a helmet is not to prevent a skull fracture, but rather, to keep the brain from moving violently within the skull and causing a closed head injury.
In cases where a defective helmet is used, the helmet fails to properly insulate the brain from internal injury. The manufacturer may be responsible in the event that a bicycle helmet fails to protect you or a loved one from harm. The injuries brought about by a defective helmet can have life-long and severely debilitating effects.
Do I have a Defective Bicycle Helmet Lawsuit?
The Personal Injury & Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in defective bicycle helmet lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.