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U.K. court ruling: Helmetless cyclist responsible for own injuries

Posted Mar 23 2009 3:04pm

Fiets Image getting into a bike accident.

You are not wearing a helmet and you get seriously hurt on riding your bike.

And let' s say that the accident is not your fault.

In the United Kingdom you now could now be responsible for a portion of your own injuries.

According to the

"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.

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.

Boris Johnson, the London mayor, has said cyclists have the right to choose between “hatless, sun-blessed, wind-swept liberty” or “helmeted security”.

“In my efforts to do the right thing I have ended up giving offence to both opposing factions,” he said.

“As soon as I started wearing a helmet I was denounced as a wimp. As soon as I was pictured not wearing a helmet, I was attacked for sending out the wrong signal.” 

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