A proposed law that would make California the first state in the country to require that adult bike riders wear helmets has reignited a decades-long debate between regulators and the bicycling community over safety.
The State of California is considering passing legislation to mandate helmet use by adults riding bicycles. Riders who fail to comply would face fines and citations. If passed, CA would be the first state in the U.S. to require head gear for cyclists. Some bicycle advocates in the Golden State say that this will discourage bicycle use by making it seem “more dangerous.” As an attorney that represents bicycle riders who have been injured or killed as a result of crashes with motor vehicles, I personally think mandatory helmet use would be a good thing that could reduce serious injury or death. Head trauma is the number one cause of catastrophic bodily harm and fatalities related to bike crashes.