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My Budget is Tight; Is It Recommended to Buy a Used Bicycle Helmet at a Garage Sale or on-line?

As an accident attorney, I would like to give you a word of caution when buying used bicycle helmets because sometimes damage is nearly impossible to detect to the lay eye because the foam can be impacted underneath the hard shell.

I understand that children grow quickly and budgets can be tight, however, if you buy a used helmet, for your child or yourself, make sure it hasn’t been in any accidents and inspect it for any signs of damage. If it has been in a fall or a collision, then the internal foam may be impacted, and it will no longer safely protect your or your child’s head from brain injury.

Also, if you buy a used helmet in a retail store, it should have an ASTM, Snell, or ANSI certification. Look for a sticker inside the helmet.

Remember, a person should not have to sacrifice safety for themselves or their child if they decide to buy a new bicycle helmet at discount prices. According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, a $10 helmet will offer the same impact protection as a $200 model – as long as the helmet carries the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) sticker.

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We are experienced personal injury attorneys, trial attorneys, negotiators, litigators, paralegals, and staff that have been proudly working to get accident victims the justice they deserve for over 40 years in Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City, Inverness, and the rest of North Central Florida and North Florida. Accidents involving a car crash, truck wreck, and motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian accidents, dog bites, slip and falls, medical malpractice, and criminal defense are all included in our practice.

Based on Jeffrey Meldon’s, founder of Meldon Law, over 40 years of helping accident victims get justice and a fair shake from the insurance companies, he has written the consumer guide book, Seven Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Florida Accident Case. You can request your free, no obligation copy right now, or contact our office for your complimentary copy sent to you today.

Contact Meldon Law at 800-373-8000 immediately if you have been involved in a serious auto, truck, or motorcycle accident. We are in your community, have the experience and resources required to work towards obtaining a fair settlement for you – we are here to help you.

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