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If you or a loved one is a cyclist, safety should be one of your biggest concerns. Bicycle riders, along with pedestrians in Springfield, are at higher risk of injury and death in a collision with a vehicle. The average passenger vehicle weighs approximately 4,000 pounds, so when it impacts a bicyclist, the results can be devastating.

One of the best ways for bike riders of all ages to stay safe is buying and wearing a helmet. However, choosing the right helmet is not always easy. There are certain standards bicycle helmets must meet, and there are plenty of deceptive companies selling faulty helmets.

What are the standards for a safe bicycle helmet?

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) lays out the standards for bicycle helmets in the country. All bicycle helmets manufactured and sold in the US after 1999 must meet CPSC safety standards (16 C.F.R. part 1203).

The CPSC has standards for helmets depending on which activities a person is participating in. For example, there are helmets that meet safety standards for regular bicycling, but those helmets do not meet the requirements needed for BMX biking or downhill mountain bike racing. You should always check the CPSC website to see which helmet is needed for the activity you will be participating in.


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illinois helmet law

You should always ensure that your children are safe when they ride a bike in Illinois. One of the best ways to keep a child safe in the event of a bicycle accident, no matter what the surrounding laws are in your county, when riding their bike is to ensure they always wear a helmet.

For the latest reporting year in this state, the Illinois Department of Transportation tells us that there were 2,696 people injured in bicycle accidents in the state. We also know that 26 people were killed in bicycle accidents. Breaking down these numbers, we can see that 883 of those injured were under the age of 19.

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