Hundreds of Texans die every year in motorcycle crashes, and many more are injured. About one out of every five motorcycle crashes result in head or neck injuries. Statistics show that head and neck injuries account for a majority of serious and fatal injuries to motorcyclists. Statistics also show that head and neck injuries can be reduced by wearing an appropriate helmet. According to the CDC, helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69 percent. In a crash, a rider who is not wearing a helmet is 40 percent more likely to die from a head injury than someone wearing a helmet. Hundreds of lives could be saved in the U.S. each year if all riders wore helmets.
There are two main types of helmets – three-quarter and full face. Whichever you choose, make sure it meets U.S. Department of Transportation standards. If it does, it will have DOT lettering on the back of the helmet that should not be easily removed. Make sure your motorcycle helmet fits snugly, and has no defects like cracks, loose padding or frayed straps. Finally, it’s important to make sure the helmet is secured tightly on your head – if it flies off during a crash it can’t protect you.
You should also consider face protection while you are riding. A face shield can help protect you from dirt, rocks, bugs and more that can be very distracting for motorcyclists. When choosing an eye shield or face shield, make sure it’s free of scratches, gives a clear view and is able to fasten securely.
If motorcyclists use the proper equipment, they can greatly reduce the chances of an injury if they’re involved in an accident. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in the Dallas area, contact the Dallas motorcycle accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. Our firm will work hard to fight for your rights.