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Motorcycle Helmet Facts and Statistics (Part 1)

Motorcycle helmets are essential pieces of safety equipment that can reduce the incidence of fatal head injuries by about 40 percent.

Motorcycle helmets are essential pieces of safety equipment that can reduce the incidence of fatal head injuries by about 40 percent.

Although motorcyclists only make up about 3 percent of motor vehicle operators on U.S. roadways, motorcycles are involved in approximately 11 percent of all traffic accidents that occur in the U.S. each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Additionally, motorcycle riders are more than 30 times more likely to die in traffic accidents than other drivers due to the facts that:

  • Motorcyclists have nothing between them and other vehicles in the event of a crash (i.e., there is vehicle structure surrounding them that could absorb the impact).
  • There are no safety features like airbags or seatbelts on motorcycles that could lessen the potential injuries to riders in the event of accidents.
  • Motorcycles weigh far less than other vehicles on the roads, which means that even low-speed impacts can have devastating results to riders.

DOT Motorcycle Helmet Regulations

Given these facts, it’s crucial that motorcycle riders wear Department of Transportation (DOT)-approved helmets to protect themselves when they are riding. In order to meet DOT helmet regulations, motorcycle helmets must be tested for:

  • Impact attenuation (which is also referred to as energy absorption)
  • Penetration resistance
  • Retention system effectiveness.

Additionally, in order to be DOT approved, helmets must not impede upon peripheral vision (i.e., must allow for peripheral vision to be at least 105 degrees from the helmet midline) and must not have any projections (e.g., rivets, accessories, etc.) that are higher than 5 mm from the helmet’s surface.

Littleton Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

If you have been injured in or have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident and you believe that another driver’s recklessness was to blame, you are encouraged to consult with the motorcycle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC.

Our trusted Littleton motorcycle accident attorneys have a proven track record of successfully handling traffic accident cases, wrongful death suits and other types of personal injury lawsuits, and we are experienced at helping victims and their families secure the maximum possible settlement for their losses. We encourage those who think they may have a claim to meet with us for a free initial consult to learn more about their legal rights and to receive a thorough evaluation of their case. Call us at (303) 932-8666 to get your case started at no upfront cost.

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