Georgia state law requires that all bicycle operators and passengers 16 years of age or younger must wear a helmet at all times. Helmets must meet or exceed the standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or the Snell Memorial Foundation. There are a surprising number of novelty helmets on the market that do not meet national standards. If you think a helmet malfunctioned and wonder if it has been recalled, you may want to investigate children’s toy and product recalls.
However, even if a helmet meets the standards, it may not offer complete protection if you don't do a bike helmet fitting. There is no industry standard for helmet sizing, so one designated as a 'large' from one manufacturer may be bigger or smaller than a 'large' helmet from another manufacturer. Therefore, it is best to try on a helmet instead of going by the box information.
Most child helmets are designed to grow with your child. Some include sizing pads that are removed as your child's head grows; others have universal fit rings that can be tightened to ensure a proper fit. You want to make sure bike helmet fits so that it does not rock back and forth when the helmet is sitting flat on top of your child's head.
A bike helmet's brim should rest one or two finger-widths above your child's eyebrows when it sits level on his or her head. The buckles should be fastened at all times with the left buckle under the chin. The sliders on the side straps should be adjusted to form a "V" shape under and slightly in front of your child's ears.
The chin strap should always be buckled and tightened so that no more than one or two fingers fit between the strap and your child's chin. . Buying a safe helmet is just one step in child bicycle injury prevention, one must also consider proper supervision and other gear like elbow pads.
If Your Child Suffered a Head Injury While Biking, We Can Help
Helmet or not, if a negligent driver caused your child to suffer a severe head injury while riding his or her bicycle, you have the right to file a personal injury claim on your child's behalf. The Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. is here to help Georgia parents with their personal injury claims when harm has come to their son or daughter. Contact our office today, 404-474-0804.