A High Court judge has ruled that cyclists are partly to blame for their injuries if they fail to wear a helmet, even if the accident was not their fault (Times Online).
The ruling, which has caused consternation in the cycling world, could see damages for injuries cut by 15%. Critics believe it could be a backdoor means of forcing cyclists to wear helmets.
The judge ruled on a case brought by Robert Smith, who was riding in Brightlingsea, Essex, in 2005 when a motorcycle collided with his bicycle. As a consequence, Mr Smith sustained a serious brain injury.
He had not been wearing a cycle helmet and Mr Justice Griffith Williams ruled: “There can be no doubt that the failure to wear a helmet may expose the cyclist to risk of greater injury…any injury sustained may be the cyclist’s own fault.”
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