MTLA Bike Helmet Program
Bicycle helmets can help prevent serious injuries to children and adults. The Montana Trial Lawyers Association distributes nearly 1,000 bicycle safety helmets to children around Montana each year. MTLA has given away over 10,000 bicycle helmets in the past eleven years to children in grades K-8 throughout Montana.
Trial lawyers represent people who have been injured to help them recover money to pay for medical bills and other expenses caused by their injuries. Too often trial lawyers have represented kids who were hit by cars and injured while riding their bikes, and too often those kids suffered severe injuries to their brains, injuries that could have been prevented if the kids would have been wearing helmets. Broken bones and scraped skin heal, but brain injuries usually do not.
We decided to try and help prevent kids from suffering brain injuries by providing helmets, free of charge, to kids across Montana. Bike helmets are a simple and effective protection. We hope that by distributing a helmet kids will develop a safety habit that will protect them for the rest of their lives. If a helmet protects just one kid from the tragedy of suffering a traumatic head injury, the program will be worth it.
We have an adult help size the helmets for the kids so it protects the way it was intended. And we encourage kids to wear their helmet every time they ride their bikes, now and in the future. As we tell the kids: Your brain is the part of you that makes you, well YOU - it's your humor, your feelings, your smarts, your abilities, your personality - please protect it!
Our thanks to Bell Sports for giving special price breaks on bike helmets for this program!
While we cannot provide enough helmets to fill all the needs in Montana, if your school would like to participate in MTLA's Bike Helmet Program, please send us a request.
Here are a few of the reasons for this program.
For information on brain injuries, start with the Brain Injury Alliance of Montana (BIAMT).