Klest Injury Law Firm
Fighting For The Injured For More Than 30 Years A Chicago Law Firm
Injured? No office visit necessary. Call Now!
Free Case Consultations

Bike helmets are important safety gear...usually

Many people who ride bicycles know that having the proper safety equipment is critical. What they may not realize is that the gear they count on to keep them safe could actually cause them to be at risk of drivers coming very close to them as they ride.

In a study done by a psychological scientist at the University of Bath, it was found that some drivers will try to overtake a bicyclist from as little as 18 inches away even if the cyclist had on highly visible safety gear. A previous study by that same scientist found that some drivers equate experience with wearing a helmet, so these drivers will drive closer to riders who are wearing a helmet.

Unfortunately, both of these studies highlight just how clueless drivers can be when it comes to what it takes to remain safe on a bicycle. Drivers who don't provide bicyclists with the appropriate space on the roadways put the cyclist at risk of harm.

Does this mean riders should skip the safety gear?

Even though wearing safety gear might make some drivers think that the rider is experienced and can handle the bicycle in more complex situations, such as close proximity overtaking, the riders should still wear all of his or her gear. If there is a crash due to negligence of the driver, the helmet can still protect the rider's head.

One important point for bicyclists to remember is they aren't invincible just because they are wearing their safety gear. Some bicyclists equate wearing a helmet with being able to take more risks than they would without it. They might not consciously think about this, but anyone who is riding a bicycle, especially around traffic, needs to ensure that they are doing so as safely as possible.

Some bicyclists will still be struck by drivers, even if they're riding safely. Those individuals will likely need considerable medical care and might have to take time off work to heal. They may opt to pursue a claim for compensation to help them recover the financial damages that they suffer due to the driver's negligence.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

No Nonsense Approach - A Client Testimonial

"Attorney Klest is a very knowledgeable attorney with a no nonsense approach derived from his growing up in the City Of Chicago and working his way thru college, law school and starting his own practice.

I am VERY pleased with how he handled my case and also praise his support staff as well.”

View More Testimonials

Let’s Get Started Today

Call 312-380-5467 or fill out our short E-mail form for a FREE case consultation where we'll review your case details and determine the best course of action to take.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Free Consultation

Free Guide

Free Accident Guide Book

Illinois Injury Law: A Reference Guide for Accident Victims is a free book designed to help accident victims and Booktheir families navigate the legal process.

More on our FREE guide

Record Verdict

Klest Wins $28 Million Abuse Verdict

The Klest Law Firm announced a milestone victory for sexual abuse victims when they received a $28,000,000 verdict in the matter of Snyder v. Kenny.

More on this record case

Schaumburg Office
1834 Walden Office Square
Suite 500
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Toll Free: 866-264-7639
Phone: 847-380-3309
Fax: 847-969-9514
Schaumburg Law Office Map

Chicago Office
11 W. Illinois St.
4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654

Phone: 312-380-5467
Chicago Law Office Map

Klest Injury Law Firm

Contact us for a FREE consultation:

Toll Free: 866-264-7639