Why it is Important to Wear a Helmet When Riding a Motorcycle

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Benefits of Wearing a Motorcycle Helmet

Helmets:

o Decrease the likelihood of death

o Decrease the severity of injuries

o Reduce the cost of medical care required

The degree your head is injured is significantly reduced when you are wearing a helmet during a motorcycle accident. Helmets are designed to cushion and protect the head from the impact of an accident. A helmet may be the only protection you have if you experience an accident while riding.

DOT Helmet Standards

When purchasing your helmet, make sure that it meets the DOT standards for motorcycle helmets. There should be a DOT label inside the helmet.

DOT-approved helmets have:

o A solid Styrofoam (polystyrene) inside liner which is about an inch thick

o Typically weigh about three pounds

o Strong chinstraps that are firmly riveted to the helmet.

Full-face helmets offer the most protection in a crash. Federal helmet safety standards don’t include spikes or other such protrusions from the helmet.

Your helmet should fit comfortably and snugly, and you should wear it every time you ride. Don’t forget to require your passengers to wear a helmet as well.

The NHTSA in 2006 estimated that helmets decrease the probability of a fatal accident by 37 percent. Helmets also decrease the probability of a nonfatal injury by about 15 percent.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may need professional help. The Orlando motorcycle accident attorneys at Best & Anderson have extensive experience in helping motorcycle accident victims get the compensation they deserve.

Reasons People Don’t Wear Motorcycle Helmets

People say the reasons why they don’t wear motorcycle helmets are that helmets are:

o Expensive

o Hot

o Restrictive

o The cause of messy helmet-head hair

o Freedom of choice

The reality is that each of these reasons can’t bring back someone’s life if it is lost in a motorcycle accident. Donning a helmet doesn’t limit motorcycle drivers’ ability to hear or see what is happening around them.

The bottom line is helmets are the single most important piece of protective equipment you can have when riding a motorcycle!

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