Myths about Motorcycle Helmets
Like many other activities or pastimes, motorcyclists have created many myths over the years about the art of motorcycle riding. Some of these myths deal with gas mileage, types of clothing best suited for riding, and other issues. However, one of the most persistent myths relating to motorcycle riding has to do with the effectiveness of motorcycle helmets.
You cannot always predict when an accident will occur, but you can be prepared by wearing a helmet. However, injuries may still occur in an accident even if you are wearing a helmet. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact the Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 today.
Some of the most common myths about motorcycle helmets include the following:
- Instead of dying in a crash, a helmet will only cause brain damage – Helmets are designed to prevent crashes from being fatal but they are not strong enough to prevent all damage. However, while it is possible to suffer brain damage while wearing a helmet, it is more common for brain damage to occur in a minor accident where the rider isn’t wearing a helmet at all.
- Helmets break necks – Although helmets do add extra weight to your head, helmets are designed to absorb the energy that would normally cause a broken neck. In fact, statistics suggest that riders with helmets suffer fewer neck injuries than riders without a helmet.
- Helmets do not help in the majority of crashes – Repeated studies show that riders with helmets survive significantly more crashes than riders without helmets.
- Helmets block your ability to see parts of the road and hear other vehicles – Helmets actually can improve vision by providing eye protection and also help improve hearing by reducing wind noise.
Understanding the truth behind these and other common myths about helmet use is important for all motorcycle riders.
Although they don’t prevent all injuries, motorcycle helmets save lives. However, they cannot prevent all injuries in an accident. For more information about your legal options if you have been injured in an accident, contact the Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874.