Do Helmets Really Protect Motorcyclists From Head Injuries?
How Helmets Save Lives
According to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,014 motorcyclists died in traffic crashes in 2019 — and not every rider uses a helmet. The NHTSA also reported that only 71% of riders wore helmets. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that helmets can reduce the risk of death by 37% and reduce head injuries by 69%. Here’s why every rider in Missouri should wear a helmet.
Missouri Motorcycle Helmet Laws
As of August 28, 2020, bikers at least 26 years old are not required to wear a helmet if they have health insurance to cover treatment should they sustain a head injury in a motorcycle crash. Since data support wearing a helmet reduces the risk of death and head injuries, wearing a helmet while out for a ride is the better choice. Read on to learn how to find the best helmet fit for optimal safety.
How to Choose a Motorcycle Helmet
When choosing a motorcycle helmet, the proper fit is key to ensuring optimal safety. Here’s what to look for:
Shape: Not everyone has the same head shape. Helmets come in the following shapes: round oval, intermediate oval, and long oval, so before making a purchase, try it on for size first.
Size: The size of the helmet is extremely important. If it’s too loose, it can move and not protect you adequately in the event of a crash. A correctly-sized helmet should fit snug, with even (comfortable) pressure around your head. If your helmet moves when you shake your head, it’s not the correct size.
Style: Motorcycle helmets come in a variety of styles. Depending on your type of ride, you may want a full-face motorcycle helmet or an open-face helmet. Before deciding which helmet to use, be sure that it is Department of Transportation (DOT) approved. You can find the DOT-approved sticker in the interior of the helmet.
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Motorcycle crashes can cause the most severe injuries, and the aftermath can mean a long and painful recovery. In addition to your injuries that can pose life-long medical complications, dealing with the burden of medical expenses, treatments, and therapies, can put you and your family in a compromising financial position.
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