What should you look for in a motorcycle helmet?

On Behalf of | Nov 9, 2022 | Motorcycle Accidents |

Recently, we discussed why it’s crucial to replace your helmet after a motorcycle crash. Now, we’re going to talk about what to look for when getting a new helmet.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 5,000 motorcycle accident fatalities occurred in 2018 alone. A commonly known fact is that helmets save motorcycle riders’ lives. Not all helmets are the same, though. There are a few factors to consider:

Minimum requirements

Just like motorcycles come in a variety of styles, so do helmets. Whatever style choice suits your taste, at a bare minimum, it should meet U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) standards for minimum safety allowance. Consider the following when selecting your helmet:

  • Coverage: Your helmet will only protect what it covers. You can choose full-face, three-quarters coverage and half.
  • Eye protection: Some helmets come with windshields, but some don’t. If you’ve ever been hit by a bug while riding, you know how that can feel. If your helmet doesn’t provide eye protection, consider sunglasses.
  • Weight: There’s a fine line between DOT safety standards and what can cause headaches. When selecting a new helmet for purchase, wear it around the store for at least 40 minutes to ensure it won’t cause pain.
  • DOT label: Helmets that pass the minimum safety standards will have a certified sticker verifying they have passed inspection.

Although helmets help decrease the risk of fatal injuries, motorcycle accidents rarely result in no injury at all. If you’ve recently suffered an injury in a motorcycle crash, you may be wondering how to recoup damages. In that case, learning more about laws regarding motor vehicle accidents may help you protect your right to compensation.