A Little About: Connecticut Bike Helmet Laws
Cycling is growing in popularity among riders of all ages, as an environmental alternative to cars and as an excellent form of exercise. But the increase in bike traffic means there are also more accidents, so safety should be a primary concern for you and your family.
Many bikers are unaware of what laws apply to them while out on the road. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that different states, and even different cities, have their own rules and regulations when it comes to cyclists. Issues such as whether helmets are required, what kind of lights are necessary, and what roads are off limits to cyclists can change depending on your location.
Helmets Are (Sometimes) Required
For instance, there is no federal law requiring the use of bicycle helmets, and various states and municipalities have different laws. Helmets.org has a variety of resources for cyclists in the United States, including an info page that lists bike helmet laws around the country. Here in Connecticut, state law dictates that any cyclist under the age of 16 must wear a helmet.
The site also provides information on where to buy safe helmets and tips on how to wear a helmet properly.
Helmets Save Lives
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were over 1,000 cycling-related fatalities, and almost 467,000 injuries, in 2015. In 2010, fatal and non-fatal crash-related injuries to cyclists led to estimated lifetime medical costs and productivity losses of over $10 billion. It has been proven that wearing a properly fitted bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of head and brain injuries in the event of a crash.
In addition to helmets, safety precautions that every cyclist should consider include:
- Wear fluorescent clothing, which can make you more visible regardless of time of day.
- Place reflective strips on your bike, helmet, and clothing.
- Use active lighting at night, including white lights on the front and blinking red lights on the rear of your bike.
- Stick to marked bike lanes while riding in cities.
- Ride cautiously around car traffic and be aware of potential blind spots.
Unfortunately, no amount of caution can protect cyclists from negligent drivers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a cycling accident, you need an advocate on your side with a proven track record. John Naizby, the lead attorney at Naizby Law, is an avid cyclist who was seriously injured himself by a negligent driver. Our legal team will aggressively pursue full compensation for any losses that you have suffered as a result of your accident. Contact (203) 245-8500 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our personal injury legal team.
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