How do you know if your motorcycle helmet is protecting you?

Motorcycle accidents are devastating, which is why the gear you wear is critical. There are many jacket, glove, boot and helmet options to choose from, which creates some serious questions. For instance, how do you know which helmet offers sufficient protection? What specific injuries should the helmet prevent? This article will go over the basics of good helmet structure.

The federal government and states both require that motorcycle helmet manufacturers adhere to safety standards in construction. Riders who wear helmets that do not conform to the standards are in violation of these laws. Many of the helmets that do not meet the standards are sold as "novelty" items. There are four critical elements to a reliable helmet:

  • The inner lining.
  • The weight.
  • The design of the helmet.
  • The chin straps.

The inner lining should be about 1 inch thick and composed of polystyrene foam. You may not be able to see the lining, but the thickness should be apparent. The helmet should weight more than 1 pound; any less, and it likely does not comply with the standards.

Nothing should protrude much from the helmet. These protrusions can catch on things as you fall and increase your chance of an injury. The exterior of the helmet should have mostly smooth contours and clean lines. Finally, the chinstrap must be sturdy and have rivets to keep it in place.

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, then you may want to speak to an attorney. After you see a doctor and get yourself treated, of course. You might have an actionable claim and will likely need the compensation to pay for your medical bills. An attorney can help you get the money you need so that you can focus on healing.

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