The first thing you need to know is, there's no judgment here if you choose to ride without a helmet. In South Carolina, the law's on your side- you've got the legal right to do that. 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. After all, if the crash isn't your fault, the problem isn't you riding without a helmet. It's irresponsible drivers who can't obey the rules of the road to keep riders like you safe.
But industry info tells us helmets are useful, and since we've dedicated this site to giving folks like you useful info, here's what it says. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) tells us the most important protective gear you can wear while riding a motorcycle is a helmet. You should also wear other safety gear: 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.
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%).
Consider A Helmet To Avoid Serious Brain or Facial Injury
In a motorcycle accident, the risk of injuries to the face and head, such as brain damage or traumatic brain injury- TBI, 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. Sadly, these accidents can cause horrific brain damage that can impact a victim and his family for the rest of his life. Here's a case where we helped a couple who needed legal help when a husband and father sustained a serious brain injury in a motorcycle crash.