The Importance of Motorcycle HelmetsNY/NJ Legal News
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Motorcycle helmets have always been considered a necessary piece of protective gear. According to the Hurt Report, which was a motorcycle safety study conducted from 1976-1981: “The use of the safety helmet is the single critical factor in the prevention or reduction of head injury; the safety helmet which complies with FMVSS 218 is a significantly effective injury countermeasure.” When motorcyclists wear helmets, they are more likely to survive an accident where they would otherwise be seriously injured and face permeant consequences the rest of their lives, which is an important fact to know.
Despite these findings, many motorcyclists choose to not wear these important pieces of safety gear. According to the Hurt Report: “60% of the motorcyclists were not wearing safety helmets at the time of the accident. Of this group, 26% said they did not wear helmets because they were uncomfortable and inconvenient, and 53% simply had no expectation of accident involvement.” While many of these motorcyclists believe that comfort and confidence in their riding skills are more important than safety, wondering whether to wear a helmet is quite literally a question of life or death, and so it’s vital that these safety pieces be worn to protect their rider in any situation where an accident may occur.
Why Helmets are Important for Motorcycle Riders
Helmets serve an important and obvious role for motorcyclists: they protect the head and face from injury. Head injuries are some of the worst injuries that can be sustained in an accident, for reasons including:
Permanent cognitive change: Brain injuries can occur when we have a head injury, which can and will lead to cognitive changes. This can mean we lose the ability to articulate and speak, to have clear thoughts, or to remember our past or present. All of these issues can lead to a decrease in life expectancy and quality of life, which can be difficult for many to understand and deal with.
Facial damage/changes: When our face and head are not protected, we can end up with serious injuries that can lead to disfigurement. This is a serious issue that has affected many and has been proven to cause stress and depression in those who have suffered from such an injury.
Changes to motor function: When our brains are injured, our spinal cords may also be injured, which means we may lose the ability to move and function the way we normally do. This can lead a victim to never walking again or needing to live in an assisted living facility for the rest of their lives, as they will not be able to care for themselves properly again.
New York and New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyers
When a motorcyclist gets into an accident, it’s important that they have their helmets on and secured properly. While the body can heal many wounds, head injuries are ones that can cause serious and life-long damages, and these wounds do not heal quickly nor easily. For the sake of a long life, it’s important that motorcyclists wear their helmets at all times to prevent head injuries, and for all other injuries sustained in an accident, it’s important they talk to the lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert A. Solomon of Metro Law. Our team of lawyers is ready to help you fight for your right to compensation, and we will do our best to ensure a victory for you. Call our office today to see how we can help you at (800) 469-6476.