Since the dangers associated with riding a motorcycle are quite obvious, it is important to protect yourself from injury every time.
Arguably, the most important piece of protective gear is the helmet. Studies have shown that motorcycle helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69% and death by 42%.
A motorcycle helmet consists of the following:
- Hard outer shell – This provides protection any objects penetrating into your head and injury from colliding with a surface. The shell is created from strong, lightweight materials (fiberglass or plastic), while most expensive helmets use carbon fiber or Kevlar.
- Crushable interior foam – A rigid material that is designed to be crushed to absorb and disperse a blow to your head to reduce trauma to your brain. Ensure that you purchase a helmet that is compatible with the shape of your head. Since the firm inner foam has more of an interior presence compared to other parts of the helmet, they come in various shapes and different fits.
- Comfort padding – The layer closest to your head, it is designed to ensure a snug fit, so the helmet doesn’t move while you ride your motorcycle. When you try on helmets, make sure you shake your head from side to side and nod up and down. If the helmet moves, the fit is not correct. But when you find a helmet that is snug enough, wear it around the store for a while. If you feel any sort of discomfort or tingling, then the helmet is too tight.
- Chin strap – Its purpose is not just to prevent your helmet from coming off, but when it is cinched down, it keeps your head safe during a high-impact crash.
- Face shield – In addition to protecting your face from impact, it also keeps the bugs out. Helmets have either the full-face or open-face style.
The average cost for a life-saving piece of equipment is typically under $180. However, it is imperative not purchase the cheapest option, since more quality ensures more protection.
Ask your retailer about safety ratings, certifications, and the latest advancements. In addition, purchase only a DOT-approved helmet, since it guarantees the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) safety standard.
Keep in mind; a motorcycle helmet should be replaced every four years or so. As time goes by, those polymers and foams become less effective.
If you have suffered a serious injury in a motorcycle accident in Milwaukee, WI, schedule a free consultation with Samster Konkel & Safran, S.C. today. Our Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyers have over 40 years of legal experience!