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Is a change in the law required to encourage cyclists to wear helmets?

Tragic news spreads across the country this week after a 28 year old; David Harris was hit by an Olympic bus which was said to be carrying media workers. It is not quite clear yet whether the cyclist was wearing a helmet. However, this is the 10th cyclist to die from a cycling accident in London since January.

Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins was asked his view on the safety of London’s roads and responded by backing a change in the law to oblige cyclists to wear helmets. The Olympic gold medallist said making it illegal to cycle without a helmet would make the roads safer “because ultimately, if you get knocked off and you ain’t got a helmet on, then how can you kind of argue”.

It is understood that the bus driver was held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. A 65-year-old man was later released on bail pending further inquiries.

So is a change in the law needed?  

It seems that the evidence is mixed.  In some countries, wearing helmets is mandatory to protect cyclists and avoid cycling injuries. However, Chris Peck, policy co-ordinator of national cycling charity CTC, told the BBC; “Making cycle helmets compulsory would be likely to have an overall damaging effect on public health, since the health benefits of cycling massively outweigh the risks and we know that where enforced, helmet laws tend to lead to an immediate reduction in cycling.”

However, wearing a helmet can potentially avoid serious head injuries caused by cycling accidents.

At Linder Myers, we have a dedicated solicitor who has extensive experience in cycling claims.  Contact Rakhi Chowhan today for more information.

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