Sunny skies in Utah lead to more motorcycles on the road. This is the time of year when motorcyclists want to bring out their two-wheeled babies to feel the sun on their backs and the wind in their hair. However, feeling the wind in their hair means they will likely not be wearing a helmet while riding. While Utah does not have any law requiring usage of motorcycle helmets, protecting your head in a motorcycle crash is highly important to avoid brain injuries.
What Should I Look for in a Helmet?
Let’s face it – no one really likes helmet hair. Yet it is a trivial price to pay to stay alive. Motorcycle crashes, especially those caused by larger vehicles like cars or trucks, are significantly more deadly than drivers and passengers in enclosed vehicle crashes. Wearing a properly fitted helmet can make all the difference. Here are some things to look for when buying a helmet:
Your head plays the deciding factor in a well-fitted helmet. Heads come in a multitude of shapes, with some being elongated and others more flat. Buying the wrong size will result in pressure along your forehead or temples. There are three types of helmet sizes based on head shape:
- Round Oval – Helmets designed for people with a near-perfect spherical head shape.
- Intermediate Oval – These are helmets for people with a slightly longer front-to-back head shape.
- Long Oval – Helmets designed for people with a much longer front-to-back head shape.
Now that you’ve figured out which head shape you have, you’ll have to consider which type of motorcycle helmet will best protect you in a motorcycle crash. There are five different types of helmets, each with varying degrees of safety:
- Full-Face (also Touring)
These helmets offer the fullest range of protection. They are closed on all sides, with only the visor being able to open. These helmets are considered the safest helmet since the added chin bar protects riders in a motorcycle crash from lethal face and neck impacts.
These fancy helmets offer the benefits of a full-face helmet with the comfort of an open-face helmet. Generally, the front side of the helmet flips up to allow full access of the face, including speech. Safety testing for these helmets has been slow, so it’s yet unknown whether they could be as safe as full-face helmets.
- Motocross (also Off-Road or Dirt Bike)
The main purpose of this helmet is to keep dirt and debris off a biker’s face as well as provide superior ventilation. There is usually no visor and has an elongated chin bar. Since these helmets are not for wearing while dealing with traffic on roads they do not offer as much protection as full-face or modular helmets.
This helmet has an open face and no chin bar. Some occasionally come with a flip-up face shield. Getting into a motorcycle crash in this type of helmet will protect the skull but will not protect your face or neck.
Half helmets only cover the top portion of the skull, similar to bicycle helmets. These helmets are generally ill-advised for motorcyclists since it offers little protection in a motorcycle crash; however, these helmets are much better than nothing!
Hopefully when taking your motorcycle out for a ride your head is fully protected. If you were in a motorcycle crash that was caused by another vehicle and weren’t wearing a helmet you likely will need immediate medical attention. You are also well within your rights to seek compensation for any injuries you sustained. The Advocates are experienced motorcycle crash attorneys who are available day and night to help you through your claim. There’s also no cost to you until we win your case. Call us today!