Riding your motorcycle on the open road is one of the most exhilarating feelings you can experience. That is not to say there are no risks involved. Riding a motorcycle is also one of the most dangerous things you can do on the road. No matter how safely you ride, other drivers can make mistakes and endanger your safety at no fault of your own. If that happens, we know some lawyers who can help. But before then, you can ensure you wear the best gear to keep yourself safe. We have created this blog to show you what helmet to look for when getting ready for your next ride.
It is no secret that head injuries are one of the most common injuries in motorcycle accidents and the most vulnerable area of your body during a crash. This reason alone is why getting the best helmet for you is vital to protecting your safety when riding. While half-helmets look stylish, studies have shown that nearly half of the head injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident damage the chin, face, and cheeks. These injuries mean a full-face helmet is essential to protecting your face and the rest of your head. The top three factors to consider when deciding what helmet best fits you are the safety rating, the way the helmet fits, and the age of the helmet.
When choosing a helmet, confirm it does meet the DOT standards. While it is illegal to sell helmets that do not pass the Department of Transportation’s test, companies can work around this by selling helmets as novelty helmets instead of motorcycle helmets. Some third-party companies, like the Snell Foundation, test the effectiveness of motorcycle helmets. The Snell Foundation tests helmets to a higher standard than DOT and proves what helmets go beyond and offer the best protection during an accident. Any helmet that has both the DOT and the Snell certification is trustworthy.
The helmet a rider wears should fit snug on their head. Anything less than a tight fit can cause issues and affect the rider’s safety. If the helmet fits loose and lets too much airflow, the noise inside your helmet can reach dangerous levels and may even contribute to hearing loss.
Nearly every helmet is only designed to withstand one impact. This impact can be as severe as a motorcycle accident or as simple as accidentally dropping it on the ground. Either way, once the helmet has suffered its first significant impact, any use as a practical motorcycle helmet is risky. This fact and the fact that most manufacturers recommend replacing a helmet after three years are why it is best to buy a new helmet instead of a used one.
Motorcycling can be an extremely freeing hobby. It is also a thrilling way to see the world. Many motorcyclists like to take long scenic drives across their individual countries. However, motorcycles can also be extremely dangerous if proper safety precautions and careful driving are not employed. One of the biggest and most important precautions to take when riding a motorcycle is to wear protective gear. Especially a good quality motorcycle helmet. Helmets can absolutely save lives when it comes to motorcycling.
The Importance of Wearing a Helmet When Motorcycling
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 37 percent of deaths from motorcycle accidents the riders involved in crashes could be prevented if the motorcycle driver was wearing a helmet at the time when the crash occurred. The death of motorcycle passengers is even more preventable if they wear a proper motorcycle helmet—41 percent fewer deaths would occur if they were wearing one.
How Motorcycle Helmets Save Lives
When a person is wearing a motorcycle helmet, they actively protect not only their skull and face but also their brain and spine. Upon impact, brains can suffer traumatic injuries resulting in injuries as mild as concussions to as severe as paralysis or brain death. Helmets help protect against the dangerous results of a head impact during a motorcycle crash.
What to Do if You’re in an Accident
If you are in a motorcycle accident that results in a personal injury- no matter the severity—and you are not at fault, you may be eligible for compensation. If this may be your case, you should consult with a personal injury attorney with experience in motorcycle accidents so that you can better your chances of a payout in court.
Our firm is equipped with over 100 years of combined experience handling personal injury cases across Texas. Our outstanding record of favorable settlements and verdicts includes over 20,000 successfully resolved cases. Once we take on a case, we are relentless, and you can rely on us to pursue full compensation for you.
- You can trust our attorneys to be compassionate and professional.
- We will fight hard to obtain a fair settlement for you.
- Our firm represents the injured and families who have lost a loved one due to others’ negligent acts.
- We serve as counsel in a range of injury cases – including car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian accidents, premises liability cases, product liability cases, and medical malpractice claims.
- We have the ability to dispatch the Herrman & Herrman Accident Investigative Team to the crash scene to start an investigation and preserve critical evidence.
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If you or someone you love has been in a motorcycle accident and was seriously injured, you will need all the help available. Our motorcycle attorneys handle cases on behalf of those seriously injured. We also analyze the accident to identify all the potentially responsible parties and their insurance companies.
Our team works with life planners to determine estimates of your future treatment needs and living expenses because of the injury. It is vital to account for future medical costs and lost income in addition to current medical bills when preparing a claim for compensation.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers negotiate aggressively on behalf of our clients for a settlement that reflects the severity of the motorcyclist’s injuries. A settlement is the quickest way to get the money that you need to regain control of your life.
Unfortunately in some instances, an insurance company will simply refuse to do what is right. Our attorneys are prepared to go to court to seek justice and we are confident of our litigation skills.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash caused by someone else, request a free consultation to speak with our attorneys on how we can help you.
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