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