It's important to have the best helmet for your child

September 11, 2018, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

Back to school is well underway and a lot of kids are riding their bikes to and from school, and around the neighbourhoods. I love to see the level of activity and by and large the kids are compliant with the rules of the road and are wearing helmets. It is concerning though when kids ride by either without a helmet, or a clearly poor fitting one.

Head injuries are the number one cause of serious injury and death in kids on bikes. A head injury can have life altering impacts. A properly fitted helmet absorbs some impact and protects your 1 cm thick skull from physical cuts and bashes in the event of a call. It’s estimated by ParachuteCanada.org that four out of five brain injuries in bike accidents can be prevented with a helmet. By law in Ontario every cyclist under the age of 18 must wear an approved helmet. Parents should ensure this and should lead by example wearing a helmet themselves.

Helmets are crucial to keeping kids safe on bikes when they fall or get into a crash. Bike helmets should always be used for cycling, scooters, and inline skating to protect the head and brain.

Never use helmets from other sports - a hockey helmet is designed for falls on ice, at differing speeds and angles than a bike helmet. Helmets are extremely sports specific in their design features.

  • Always purchase a new helmet for your child. Never hand down or take a used one. Helmets are designed for one crash only. If they are dropped or absorb a fall then they may not be effective in a second crash.
  • Make sure the helmet is the right size and is fitted properly. It shouldn’t move around on the head, and the chin strap should be snug in order to keep the helmet on in a crash.
  • Make sure the helmet is worn across the forehead, not tilted back on the head.
  • Get a brightly coloured one, preferably with reflective strips.
  • Tell your kids not to lend helmets (think head lice or breakage).
  • Consider paying more for helmets with integrated LED flashing lights in the rear that provide excellent visibility
Posted under Accident Benefit News, Bicycle Accidents

View All Posts

About Deutschmann Law

Deutschmann Law serves South-Western Ontario with offices in Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Woodstock, Brantford, Stratford and Ayr. The law practice of Robert Deutschmann focuses almost exclusively in personal injury and disability insurance matters. For more information, please visit www.deutschmannlaw.com or call us toll-free at 1-866-414-4878.

It is important that you review your accident benefit file with one of our experienced personal injury / car accident lawyers to ensure that you obtain access to all your benefits which include, but are limited to, things like physiotherapy, income replacement benefits, vocational retraining and home modifications.

Practice Areas

  1. Car accidents
  2. Motorcycle accidents
  3. Automobile accident benefits
  4. Catastrophic injury
  5. Brain injury
  6. Paraplegia and Quadriplegia
  7. Spinal cord injury
  8. Drunk driving accidents
  9. Concussion syndrome
  1. Wrongful death
  2. Bicycle accidents
  3. Disability insurance claims
  4. Slip and fall injury
  5. Fractures or broken bone injury
  6. Pedestrian accidents
  7. Chronic pain
  8. Truck accidents
  9. Amputation and disfigurement

Personal Injury Blog

Apr 24, 2019
Incident involving a car door, punches in the face considered an accident - L.L. and Intact Insurance Co., Re 2019 CarswellOnt 3604
Apr 23, 2019
LAT Rules Chronic Pain Falls Outside MIG
Apr 18, 2019
The Province Cuts Legal Aid Spending Drastically
Apr 16, 2019
Victim Compensation Fund is Scrapped in New Budget
Apr 15, 2019
Who Pays for Damage in a Car - Bicycle Accident
Apr 12, 2019
Province Announces Sweeping Changes to Auto Insurance

More Personal Injury Articles » 
Review our services

Connect with us

Facebook Twitter Linkedin Youtube Google