The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) stresses what common sense may tell us; the most important protective gear you can wear while riding a motorcycle is a helmet. A NFL player wouldn’t play football without his pads and helmet on, and neither should a person ride a motorcycle without wearing over-the-ankle footwear, long pants, long-sleeve jacket, full-finger motorcycle gloves, and a helmet manufactured to comply with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s standards. The MSF points out that “helmet myths”, such as helmets breaking necks, blocking vision, and impairing hearing, have consistently been disproved.
Avoid Serious Facial Injury, Wear A Helmet When Riding
In a motorcycle accident, the risk of injuries to the face and head, such as brain damage, scarring, and loss of teeth, is increased. Take it from us: our firm has represented several riders injured in motorcycle accidents over the years, and we have observed horrendous facial disfigurement as a result of not wearing a helmet.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, wearing a helmet will reduce the chance of death by almost one-third (29%).
The attorneys at Holland & Usry urge you to think about your safety and wellbeing and consider wearing a helmet when riding. Still, it's important to remember that riding without a helmet doesn't mean you forfeit your legal rights if you get hurt in a motorcycle accident.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, please do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at Holland & Usry at 864.582.0416 or toll-free at 888.230.1841 for your free, confidential consultation.