What You Need to Know About Bicycle Helmet Laws in Washington D.C.

If you enjoy riding a bicycle in Washington D.C., you are most likely curious as to whether you are required, by law, to wear a bicycle helmet. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about bicycle helmet laws in Washington D.C. and what to do if you are injured in a bicycle accident. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the bicycle helmet laws in Washington D.C.?

Essentially, the bicycle helmet laws state that all individuals under the age of 16 must wear helmets when riding bicycles at all times. This same law also applies to scooters, skateboards, and all other similar modes of transportation. That being said, even if you are not required by law to wear a helmet, you should wear one for your own safety. Keep in mind that if your child under the age of 16 is caught riding a bike without a helmet more than once, you may have to pay a $25 fine.

What should I do if I am injured in a bicycle accident?

If you are injured in an accident, you should first call the police, as they will send an ambulance to the scene. From here, you should ask anyone who witnessed your accident for their contact information so they may corroborate your claim at a later date. Next, you should take pictures of the accident and any damage to your bicycle, as well as the injuries you have sustained. Once you are transported to a hospital and treated, you should keep a copy of all medical documentation regarding your injuries, as well as any medical bills you have incurred. Finally, retain the services of an experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorney who can gather and present all additional evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof, such as security camera footage of the accident as it happened.

How long will I have to sue someone for an injury in Washington D.C.?

If you are injured in a bicycle accident, you will have to take legal action as soon as possible. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is, generally, three years, you will, in most cases, have three years from the date of your accident to sue the negligent motorist responsible for your injuries. Our firm can begin the claims process for you today. Do not wait too long to sue, for if you do, you will most likely be barred from doing so.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.