The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or also known as NHTSA says that when comparing riders on a motorcycle and those in an automobile the rider of the motorcycle is 35% more likely to get injured or killed in an accident that involves another automobile compared to the lower rate of injury or death of the rider in the automobile. If the motorcycle rider is wearing a motorcycle helmet he is not as likely to sustain serious head injuries and has a greater chance of surviving the accident.
Motorcycle helmets for motorcycle riders has been made a requirement by law in some states but is still optional in several others. Many motorcycle riders will wear a helmet even if it is not required in the state because of the safety features it offers. If a helmet is fitted properly for the wearer then he is much more protected in an accident that a rider who has chosen not to wear a helmet. Safety for most motorcycle riders is the key ingredient in riding a motor cycle.
While helmets do protect the head, face, mouth and ears there are also other features that tempt many motorcycle riders to wear helmets. Motorcycle helmets also can be purchase with a communication system that allows the riders to converse back and forth among their group with out having to use their hands. Allowing them the ability to keep both hands on the bike, giving them better control over it while still being able to talk with those in their riding group.
Even if you would rather not wear a motorcycle helmet the amount of protection they provide might just win you over. Not to mention that there is such a wide range of styles, colors and protection levels offered that most riders just can’t say no to wearing a helmet. Maybe you’re a person who would rather be able to feel the wind of the open road touching your face instead of a helmet. Why not try a helmet that has an open face so you can still feel the wind but also be protected? For those who would rather have their face protected from rocks, sand or anything else that might fly your way while riding then you can choose a helmet with a face shield that flips down to cover your face.
Many motorcycle riders fear helmets because they think that the helmet will be uncomfortable to wear. In prior years that might have been the case but just as everything else motorcycle helmets have also advanced. They are not only made for protection now but also for comfort. Most helmets will have a foam or fabric interior making them much more comfortable, allowing you to wear them for longer lengths of time. Not only does the interior lining offer more comfort but it also offers the wearer more protection in the long run.
The most important feature that you need to pay attention to when choosing a helmet is not the price but the protection factors that the helmet offers in the event the rider is in an accident. Most people assume that the most expensive helmet is going to be the best helmet but that is not always the case. Before you purchase a helmet check out the protection features, if they are not listed on the helmet ask your sales person or contact the manufacture for more information.
While some motorcycle riders might hate the idea of wearing a helmet they need to think about the risk they are taking if they choose not to wear one. It is estimated that there is a 40% chance that motorcycle riders who are not wearing helmets will receive a serious head injury according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. On top of that scary fact there is also a 15% chance that a motorcycle rider who is not wearing a helmet during an accident will be the victim of a fatal head injury. For most motorcycle riders those facts are enough to make them wear a helmet every time they ride.
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