Cycling Helmets: A No Brainer?

Motorcycle accident fatalities are around 40 times higher than deaths resulting from car accidents alone.  More frequently however, it is the helmet that makes the difference whether a biker survives or does not survive a serious accident.

Because of this rational, motorcycle helmet laws have been enacted in numerous states across the U.S. including, California.  In addition, according to the California Motorcycle Handbook, “all operators and passengers are required to wear an approved safety helmet when riding on a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, motorized bicycle, or motorized scooter.”

However, even though wearing a helmet increases the chances of a rider or their passenger surviving in the event of a crash, we also know that not every rider and or passenger will follow this advice. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for folks to wear helmets that are dangerously and defectively manufactured.

Common sense tells us that because most motorcycle accidents result in either head or neck injuries, helmets are marketed to cushion and protect riders’ heads from the impact of a crash.  And although one may not be able to prevent an accident from occurring, wearing the appropriate safety gear can help make a difference.

For example, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports, “motorcyclists with no helmets are three times more likely than helmeted riders to suffer traumatic brain injuries!”  So why are some motorcyclists still out there traveling the roadways with nothing to protect their heads?

Some claim that vision or hearing problems can arise when a biker puts on a helmet to go riding.  Others say that these arguments are tired and that one’s face as well as cranium should be covered before ever climbing onto a motorcycle.

But no matter what, both sides can agree that simply wearing any helmet is not entirely safe especially if the helmet is second-rate of defectively designed.  Also, anyone wearing a helmet must keep in mind that his or her headgear must meet Department of Transportation Standards.

In the end, a properly made helmet can help to save a motorcyclist’s life.  And when it comes to the initial determining of fault, it may be beneficial to remember that you may have a product liability complaint against the manufacturer of the helmet in addition to others following a serious motorcycle accident.