The Importance of Wearing Motorcycle Helmets
Many states require all motorcyclists to wear helmets. However, Arizona law only requires those who are under the age of 18 years old to wear a helmet. Even though it is not legally required, wearing a helmet is one of the best ways to ensure a rider’s safety in the event of a motorcycle accident. That being said, if you were not wearing a helmet and you were injured by the negligence of another driver, you still have a case and you should contact our law office immediately.
Once a person turns 18 years old, he or she is no longer required to wear a helmet. Until that time, however, riders must wear helmets that comply with the regulations put in place by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). If a helmet meets the necessary qualifications it will come equipped with a DOT sticker. There are two main types of helmets, full-face helmets, and three-quarter helmets. Whichever model a person chooses to use, the USDOT recommends that riders make sure that their helmets:
- Fit snugly;
- Have no defects, such as cracks, loose padding, or frayed straps; and
- Are fastened securely at all times when riding.
Even those who are over the age 18 years old, however, must wear protective glasses, goggles, or a transparent face shield at all times. The only exception to this rule is when a motorcycle is equipped with a protective windshield. Face shields can help protect a rider’s entire face in the event of a crash and can also shield the eyes from wind, dust, dirt, rain, insects, and pebbles thrown up by nearby cars. Riders can also choose to wear goggles, which do not protect the entire face but will protect the eyes. Face shields and goggles will only be effective if they:
- Are free of scratches;
- Are resistant to penetration;
- Give a clear view to both sides;
- Fasten securely;
- Permit air to pass through, which reduces fogging; and
- Leave enough room for eyeglasses or sunglasses.
According to data published by the DOT, as many as one out of every five motorcycle crashes results in head or neck injuries. Furthermore, there is a significant amount of evidence demonstrating that helmeted riders are three times more likely to survive a head injury than those who do not wear helmets. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that helmets reduce a rider’s risk of death by around 37 percent and the risk of head injury by 69 percent. Other research conducted and published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also provides compelling evidence that wearing a helmet significantly reduces a rider’s chances of sustaining facial injuries and traumatic brain injuries.
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Although wearing a helmet does not guarantee a rider’s safety, they can dramatically improve a person’s chances of escaping a crash with less serious injuries. However, even those who are injured during a crash and were not wearing helmets can recover damages if another party was at fault, so if you were injured in a motorcycle crash, please contact Abels & Annes, P.C. to talk with a dedicated motorcycle accident attorney today.