On May 30, 2009 Dr. Bradford Berk, the CEO of the University of Rochester Medical School was taking a bike ride when he lost control of the bike and crashed. Dr. Berk suffered significant spinal injuries, multiple surgeries and faces a long and uncertain recovery.
Dr. Berk is, however, lucky to have the opportunity to recover. MSNBC reports that Dr. Berk was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and that the helmet may have helped save his life. Dr. Berk’s family and the University of Rochester community would rather not speculate on what would have happened if Dr. Berk’s bicycle helmet had been defective.
Bicycle helmets are designed to protect a rider’s head and are estimated to prevent 88 percent of head injuries and 85 percent of traumatic brain injuries.
It is also important while riding a bike to use proper lighting and reflective gear, particularly if visibility is limited due to darkness or weather.
You never know when an accident is going to happen and it is important to be prepared. If you choose to wear a helmet then you have the right to have that helmet work correctly and protect you as it should. If your helmet failed to properly protect you during an accident then please contact the attorneys at Dolan Law for a free consultation.