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Although helmets are not required under state law for anyone over the age of 16, most bicyclists are aware of the dangers of riding without a helmet, and they understand how serious a head or brain injury can be. According to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, 62% of all bicycling deaths are from head injuries. The CDC also states that in bicycle crashes, the most common cause of disability or death is head injuries, and that helmets are effective as a preventative measure.
On February 1, 1999, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a news release about new federal safety standards affecting all bicycle helmets manufactured or imported for sale in the United States. Per these standards, helmets should protect the head, and chin straps should prevent the helmet from coming off in a crash.
Product Liability Lawsuit for Defective Bicycle Helmet
Belt & Bruner, P.C. is representing the plaintiff in a lawsuit against Bell Sports, Inc. and Easton-Bell Sports, Inc., et al. (Bell). The lawsuit is captioned LORETTA CARTER, an Incapacitated Adult, By and Through her Spouse and Next Friend, DONALD CARTER, and DONALD CARTER v. BELL SPORTS, INC.; EASTON-BELL SPORTS, INC., ET AL., CIRCUIT COURT OF TALLAPOOSA COUNTY, ALABAMA (ALEXANDER CITY DIVISION).
The lawsuit alleges that our client, Loretta Carter, was wearing a Bell Solar helmet when she fell off her bike while traveling at a low speed. Although her helmet should have protected her, Ms. Carter suffered a severe closed head injury and skull fracture from the fall. The catastrophic injuries she suffered left our client incapacitated.
The complaint alleges that the Bell Solar helmet was defective and/or unreasonably dangerous because it failed to provide proper head coverage and did not contain enough impact attenuating material to prevent her injuries or to mitigate them. The lawsuit is seeking justice and compensation for the serious personal injury she suffered because of a product that failed to perform as it should have.
In addition to the Bell Solar helmet Ms. Carter was wearing during her accident, Bell offers a variety of bicycle helmets for sale to the general public. If you or someone you know has suffered head injury while wearing a Bell helmet, do not hesitate to contact our office for assistance in investigating a potential claim against Bell.
Our firm is dedicated to helping injured people receive the compensation and justice they deserve in product liability and personal injury matters. Our list of verdicts and settlements includes 40 cases in which our firm has secured $1 million or more for our clients, including 11 cases in which we have secured $5 million or more.