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Brain Injury Accident Avoidance Tips For Central New York

After a long winter, the sun is finally warming Central New York. Residents in Syracuse, Oneida, Oswego, Cortland, Ithaca, Auburn and Watertown will soon be spending much of their time outdoors, whether golfing, boating, biking, running, skateboarding, or rollerblading.

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, Syracuse-area residents and their children should remember to obey the rules of the road and wear a properly fitting helmet. A $20 helmet that fits properly and is worn properly can reduce the risk of brain injury and brain damage by nearly 90%. Choosing the right helmet and wearing it the right way are critical.

To avoid a traumatic brain injury or concussion, remember:

1. Helmet straps should form a “V” under the ears.
2. Chin straps should be connected and snugged. No more than one finger width of space should separate the strap from the chin.
3. Helmets should be worn on the forehead no more than two finger-widths from the eyebrows.
4. Helmets should not move side-to-side (laterally).
5. Helmets should match the sport. That is, a helmet designed for rollerblading should be worn for that sport, not for softball.
6. Helmets should be inspected for damage.
7. Helmets with cracks or other visible damage should not be worn.
8. Children should wear helmets whenever practicable. In the State of New York, all bicycle riders under age 14 must wear a helmet.

The trial lawyers at Bottar Law, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict all types of traumatic brain injury and concussion claims, including brain damage secondary to trauma, medical malpractice, accidents and stroke. If you or a loved one have sustained a brain injury, you and/or your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, special education, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York brain injury attorney, contact Bottar Law, PLLC now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at

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