The family of a teenage boy who sustained a serious head injury when he was knocked off his bike are calling for the law to be changed surrounding the need to wear helmets when riding a bicycle. The family want it to be made compulsory by law for everyone riding a bicycle on the roads to wear a helmet.
The teenager was knocked off his bike by a van. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and as a result sustained a serious head injury and was in a coma for 4 months. Since waking from the coma, he has made slow progress through extensive rehabilitation. He is beginning to learn to walk and talk again through ongoing care provided to him by a specialist brain injury hospital.
His family believe that had he been wearing a helmet, his injuries may not have had such a devastating effect on his life. The Government however, have said that they have no plans to change the law surrounding this, as they believe it would be too difficult to enforce, and there are no quantifying results that show benefits of wearing a helmet. This is despite a large online petition calling for the changes. The teenager’s family plan to continue fighting for the changes as they do not want any other family to suffer as a result of someone not wearing a helmet. The teenager’s sister has said, “We are not giving up. We are going to keep going. Even if we don’t get there this time we are going to do it again and help everyone else, so nobody has to go through what we’ve been through”.
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Published: 7th February 2014