In the United States, motorcycle ownership is at an all-time high as drivers seek the freedom of traveling and have a passion for the adventure that riding can bring. With the increases in motorcycles on the road, it is important for riders, and non-riders, to be educated on how helmets reduce the risk of injury.
While the rules of the road and motorcycle safety can help prevent accidents from occurring, taking the right safety precautions can reduce the risk of fatal injuries for motorcyclists. The following is information on the components of the helmet and how it is designed to help save lives.
How Will a Motorcycle Helmet Help Me After an Accident in Pennsylvania?
According to the CDC, in 2016, helmets saved 1,859 lives, reduced the risk of death by 37 percent, and reduced head injuries by 69 percent. Time and time again the statistics show that those who do not wear a motorcycle helmet will be at risk for traumatic brain injuries, which is the leading cause of motorcycle accident deaths.
While there is nothing that can fully prevent motorcycle accidents from occurring, the use of a motorcycle helmet during every ride can provide the greatest protection to the rider.
How Do Motorcycle Helmets Work?
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires all motorcycle helmets sold in the United States to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). This standard defines minimum requirements for helmets to protect the head and brain in the event of a crash. Such standards include the thickness of the inner lining, chinstraps with solid rivets, the weight of the helmet, and standards for the overall design for performance and safety.
The basic function of the helmet is to protect the brain and the face, while also cutting down on wind noise, wind blast on the face and eyes, and deflects bugs. The following are the 4 basic components of a motorcycle helmet:
- Outer shell: The outer shell is designed to compress when it is hit with anything hard, dispersing the energy to lessen the force to the head.
- Impact-absorbing liner: This dense layer cushions and absorbs shock as the helmet prevents the head from moving.
- Comfort padding: This is a layer of padding to keep the head snug and comfortable.
- Retention system: A good retention system consists of the chin straps that are connected to each side of the shell. Like fastening your seatbelt, this system helps to keep the helmet on your head.
Motorcyclists must take additional safety measures and ensure that the helmet is well maintained without cracks, damage, or debris. It’s recommended that helmets should be replaced every few years because the protective qualities can deteriorate over time with usage.
Additionally, cleaning the face shield and replacing it when there are scratches is essential because the smallest amount of dirt or debris can distort the vision of the rider.
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