Bike Helmets and State Laws
Adults riding bicycles in California do not have to wear a helmet while on a bike; but that law is under review with a potential new law. Wearing a bike helmet is a personal choice and, so far, no states demand that adults use bike helmets. In March of 2015, California state senator Carol Liu introduced a new law that would fine adults for not wearing a helmet. Bike advocacy groups immediately responded saying that this kind of bike helmet law ultimately discourages bike riding making the roads more dangerous for those who chose to bike among the cars.
Thanks to bike sharing programs in San Diego and San Francisco, drivers will be sharing the road more often with cyclists. In addition, San Diego has recently added more bike lanes to city streets. Plus, drivers may notice that many roads now host a right lane for bike use when a bike is present. Unfortunately, this could mean more accidents while drivers and bikers learn to adapt to the rules of the road. In fact, from 2008 to 2012, collisions with bike riders rose 18%.
If you’ve been in an accident as a driver or cyclist contact a lawyer immediately to determine how to settle the case in a fair and balanced manner. Filing a lawsuit is a responsible way to help push California bike laws into public view. When the courts have more case decisions interpreting state laws, more people can adapt and follow those laws.