Helmets are created to protect motorcyclists from injuries most commonly associated with road accidents and motorcycle crashes. Motorcycle crashes can be devastating, but helmets work to protect the driver’s face, brain and life in the case of a crash.
The United States Department of Transportation has developed standards for helmet manufacturing to ensure that motorcyclists wearing helmets are being as protected as possible. Motorcycle helmets are designed and developed for the specific task of providing comfort to the rider and protecting them if an accident does occur.
Components of a Motorcycle Helmet
The following is a list of components found in nearly all motorcycle helmets:
- Outer shell: The outer shell is hard and intended to compress when facing impact. You will often hear of helmets cracking in a motorcycle accident. This just means the helmet is doing its job.
- Impact-absorbing liner: This is the bulk of the helmet. In an accident it will absorb shock and help cushion your head when the sudden impact causes your helmet to stop when your head wants to keep moving. This may also crack if involved in an accident. If your helmet does crack, it should be replaced.
- Comfort padding: This is usually a soft cloth lining that sits next to the head to provide comfort and a tight fit.
- Chin strap: The chin strap is an essential component of the motorcycle helmet. It must be fastened securely with each use to ensure that the helmet will remain on the head, especially in the case of a car crash. Helmets can lose all protection value if the helmet is not fastened using the chin strap.
Unfortunately, even the most cautious of motorcyclists can be involved in a vehicular accident due to the irresponsibility of others. If you have been involved in a motorcycle crash, you may be entitled to legal compensation from the responsible party. The Waukesha motorcycle accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can evaluate your case and discuss your legal options with you. Contact us today at 800-242-2874.