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Why are motorcycle helmets important safety gear?

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Motorcycle crashes can lead to catastrophic injuries for riders. Thankfully, there are many ways that they can remain safer, one of which is wearing a helmet.

The primary function of a motorcycle helmet is to protect a rider’s head during impacts. In the event of an accident, a helmet absorbs a lot of the impact energy, which reduces the force of that crash on the brain.

Reduction in TBIs and SCIs

This can dramatically lower the risk of severe head injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which are among the most serious and life-altering injuries a rider can suffer. Many people don’t realize that a Department of Transportation-approved helmet also protects the cervical spine, which can also prevent catastrophic spinal cord injuries (SCIs).

Approximately 37% of fatal motorcycle crashes involved a head injury. The protective barrier of a helmet can make a critical difference between a non-fatal and fatal outcome in crashes, particularly at high speeds where the force of impact is greater.

Enhanced visibility and protection from the elements

Many motorcycle helmets are designed to improve visibility. They often include features such as reflective materials and are available in bright colors that can make motorcyclists more noticeable to other drivers, especially in low-light conditions.

Helmets also protect riders from environmental elements. For example, during a ride, motorcyclists can encounter wind, sun, rain and road debris. A helmet can shield the eyes and face from such elements, which makes the ride more comfortable and allows the rider to maintain better focus on the road.

Legal and financial implications

While Illinois doesn’t mandate helmet use, wearing one can have implications beyond safety. For instance, in the event of an accident, whether or not a rider was wearing a helmet could potentially influence legal outcomes, such as settlements or judgments in personal injury cases. Additionally, helmets can play a role in insurance considerations, where wearing one might favorably impact the terms of insurance claims or premiums.

Motorcyclists who suffer injuries in a crash that was caused by another’s negligence should learn about their legal rights. Seeking compensation can help to cover the expenses related to their harm. Legal assistance enables victims to get their case moving forward while they focus on healing.