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The helmet’s protective role in motorcycle accidents

The helmet’s protective role in motorcycle accidents

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The helmet’s protective role in motorcycle accidents

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Motorcycle helmets are often the subject of controversy among cyclists. Many are in favor of them, but others deny that they give the wearer an advantage should an accident occur. Authorities on the subject almost unanimously agree that using a motorcycle helmet is the most effective way to reduce injuries and death from motorcycle accidents.

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Important helmet safety information

Here are some information points the Motorcycle Safety Foundation wants cyclists in Alabama and elsewhere to know:

  • Scientific studies indicate that helmets work to save lives and reduce the severity of injuries
  • Statements such as “helmets break necks and block vision” are nothing more than myths
  • Helmets are more than headgear; they are the product of life-saving technology
  • This technology combines four components: a sturdy outer shell, a lining that absorbs impacts, padding for comfort and a retention system such as a chinstrap
  • New helmets must now meet Department of Transportation safety standards

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Motorcycle Helmets Save Lives

In order to be as effective as possible in protecting the wearer, helmets must fit well. Wearers should try the helmet on and look for one that fits snugly and almost tightly. Like hats, motorcycle helmets come in many shapes and sizes. This is why it is important for both operators and passengers to try on a variety of helmets to find the right fit.
In Alabama, any debate about wearing motorcycle helmets is moot. The state enacted the Universal Helmet Law in 1967, which requires all motorcycle operators and passengers to wear helmets regardless of their age.

Motorcycle accidents will occur, so why not give yourself the best chance of surviving and avoiding injury? Should an accident occur, speak with a personal injury attorney about your legal options.

Source: Motorcycle Safety Foundation, “What You Should Know About Motorcycle Helmets ?,” accessed Nov. 04, 2015

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