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Motorcycle safety and helmets

Motorcyclists tend to be some of the safest drivers on the road. Indeed, they have to be. One misstep could mean the difference between life and death. A biker does not have the luxury of being protected by heavily fortified steal like an automobile driver, nor does a biker benefit from things like airbags, seat belts, automatic crash avoidance systems and other safety features found on vehicles.

Because cars are so much safer and heavier than motorcycles, when a biker and a vehicle driver get into a serious accident, it is rare for the biker to escape injury. However, one thing is known, the use of a motorcycle helmet is the single most important safety precaution (aside from being a defensive driver, using common sense and following traffic laws) that motorcyclists can do. In fact, a federally funded study has shown that motorcycle helmets save bikers' lives by preventing head injuries in many cases.

There are four primary ways that a motorcycle helmet protects your head. First, the outer shell prevents items from penetrating and/or piercing into your head and skull during an accident. Second, the outer shell prevents scrapes against your head and face. Third, an impact-absorbing liner helps minimize impact shock against your skull and brain. Fourth, a soft lining keeps the helmet snug against your head so your skull does not bounce around inside it during a crash. Helmets also reduce the wind-blast against your face, reduce noise and protect your eyes against the wind while riding.

Motorcycle helmets are an important addition to any rider's safety equipment. They are also a legal requirement in Michigan. However, if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident while you were not wearing a helmet, you may still be able to pursue a personal injury claim for damages depending on the facts and evidence surrounding your injuries and crash.

Source: Motorcycle Safety Foundation, "Personal Protective Gear," accessed Nov. 25, 2015

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