If you are an athlete who picks a fight with race directors when they try to protect you from head trauma or brain injury.
In yesterday’s post, we looked at just such an incident at the Reston Virginia Triathlon. Not every Triathlon or multisport competition takes the time to inspect helmets, but when they do, it is for the athletes’ safety. When a bike racer or triathlete competes with an unsafe, cracked, delaminated or outdated helmet, they are "Voluntarily assuming the risk of harm." Under Virginia law, "Assumption of Risk" in and of itself may preclude any reimbursement for losses caused by a bike crash.
The cost of a new helmet is minuscule compared to medical treatment for a brain trauma, concussions from a bike crash and the time lost from work and other activities of daily living. So, when a race official or volunteer suggests that a helmet is unsafe, go home and get another one that is compliant or buy yourself a new one. In addition to helping bikers njured in car and truck crashes, Herndon bike injury lawyer Doug Landau volunteers at race helmet inspection. The "Bicycling Barrister" also brings 2 helmets to most competitions so that he can lend one to another racer for this very purpose.