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Cycle helmets and contributory negligence

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Considers the extent to which awards for personal injuries to cyclists should be subject to reductions due to contributory negligence when cyclists do not wear safety helmets or reflective gear and looks at whether the wearing of helmets should be made mandatory and whether contributory negligence reductions should be made as standard in such circumstances, referring to Drinkall v Whitwood and other cases involving cyclists. Explores Government policy and debates concerning mandatory safety equipment for cyclists, the effects this will have on criminal and tortious liabilities and scientific opinion on the efficacy of cycle helmets. Draws parallels with tort law concerning safety belts in vehicles and motorcycle helmets and whether these precedents can be applied to cyclists.

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