When it comes to motorcycle safety gear, some are safer than others. However, when it comes to motorcycle helmets, there are so many options that it’s difficult to know which helmets are most likely to save your life in the event of a crash. If you’re in the market to buy the safest motorcycle helmet made, there’s one thing you should keep in mind: Buy a helmet with full-face protection.
Statistics show that 45 percent of motorcycle accident victims incur an injury to their faces. This fact alone is a compelling reason to use a helmet equipped with face protection. However, scientific studies and research also show that full-face helmets offer the most coverage and support for the face and head.
If you’re considering a helmet, check to see if it has chin protection. Many “style helmets” offer no protection for the chin, leaving motorcyclists exposed to serious face and jaw injuries.
It’s tempting to choose comfort or “looking cool” over safety. There are also riders who claim that their peripheral vision gets impaired when they wear a full-protection helmet. However, research has shown that modern helmets do not impair vision. In fact, full face protection helmets with UV shielding can improve the vision of a motorcyclist — especially in sunny and rainy conditions.
A motorcyclist with a good helmet stands a better chance of surviving a crash. However, even the best helmet will not offer full security against injuries and death. If you were hurt in a motorcycle crash due to no fault of your own, you might be able to seek financial compensation in Virginia court.
Source: motorbikewriter.com, “What’s the safest type of motorcycle helmet?,” Cherise Lapine, accessed July 28, 2017