Death on the Alps Fuels Safety Debate

As for the fateful day of Jan. 1, experts believe that although the two parties were skiing at about 30 miles per hour, wearing a helmet played a huge part in keeping Althaus alive.

The U.S. National Ski Areas Association says, however, that the testing standard on helmets in the United States is limited to 14 mph, stirring further debate about their effectiveness.

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