California Law Proposed to Reduce Head Injuries on Ski Slopes

ski helmet.jpegAccording to the National Ski Association, 41 people die and another 43 are seriously injured annually on our ski slopes. In an effort to reduce serious head and brain injuries, Senator Leland Yee introduced SB 105. This bill would require children under the age of 18 to wear helmets while they are on California ski runs. Parents would be fined $25 if their children fail to wear the helmets.

Senator Yee stated that California’s ski slopes are the last area of recreation where there are no basic safety standards in place for children. He believes that SB 105 will significantly reduce the number of traumatic brain injuries and deaths associated with snow sports.

As an Oakland personal injury lawyer, I have represented numerous traumatic brain injury clients. I have seen first hand the enormous effects these injuries have on people’s lives. I have also seen the positive effects bike helmets, and other protective head gear have had in reducing traumatic brain injuries. I strongly support Senator Yee’s efforts to require our children to wear helmets when skiing or snowboarding.

Resources:

San Francisco Chronicle, Sen. Leland Yee takes another shot at ski helmet bill, January 13, 2011
Mountain Democrat, Snowboarder’s death brings heightened safety awareness, January 3, 2011

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