Kansas and Missouri Bicycle Helmet Laws
If you’re getting on a bike, you obviously know that putting on a helmet drastically reduces your risk of head injury and death. There are both no federal laws in the Unites States requiring bicycle helmets and no state-wide Missouri or Kansas laws requiring bicycle helmets (however many municipalities around St. Louis do require cyclists under the age of 16 to wear a helmet). That said, it is still a very good idea to wear a helmet when you ride your bike. In fact, multiple studies have indicated that wearing helmets reduced overall head injuries by about 60 percent and fatalities by about 73 percent. In one University of North Carolina study, it was reported a reduction in injury rates was between 63 and 88 percent.
According to Consumer Reports, the best bike helmets for adults include:
- Cannondale CAAD MIPS (Multi-direction Impact Protection System)
- Giro Register MIPS
- Kali Alchemy
- Scott Arx Plus
- Bontrager Charge WaveCel
- Garneau Vitesse
According to Consumer Reports, the best bike helmets for kids include:
- Bell Sidetrack MIPS
- Garneau Nino
- Lazer Nut’Z
- Uvex Quatro Junior
No matter how safe these helmets are, no helmet will do its job in protecting you if it is not properly fit. The correct size helmet will sit low and straight on your forehead. If you or a loved one was injured in a bike crash and suffered brain trauma, you should hold on to the helmet and consult with a bike accident lawyer to make sure the helmet was not defective as you may have a potential products liability case against the manufacturer.