How to Buy a Motorcycle Helmet - Motorcycle Accidents Legal Blogs Posted by Robert N. Katz - Lawyers.com

How to Buy a Motorcycle Helmet

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently
issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking as the first step towards a rule that
would specifically help motorcyclists make informed choices while buying
motorcycle helmets.

The rule would address specific criteria that motorcyclists
need to consider when buying a helmet, and would help motorcyclists avoid novelty
helmets that do not protect against injuries. According to the NHTSA, wearing a
helmet can significantly help improve a person’s chances of surviving an
accident. Helmets that meet the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) safety
standards help prevent more than 1,000 fatalities in accidents every year.
Novelty helmets, however, do not meet those federal standards.

According to federal statistics, 56% of persons who were
involved in accidents while wearing a novelty helmet suffered serious head
injuries. In comparison, only 19% of persons who were involved in accidents
while wearing a DOT- certified helmet suffered serious head injuries. The Administration’s
rule would clearly define what helmets are considered “motorcycle helmets,” and
establish criteria to help motorcyclists easily differentiate between a DOT-certified
helmet, and an unsafe novelty helmet.

In the meantime, look for the “DOT –certified” sticker on
the helmet that you’re buying. A helmet that comes with a “DOT –certified” sticker
or “Snell” sticker will provide more protection to riders and passengers. The rel=”nofollow” >Snell Memorial Foundation conducts
independent testing on several motorcycle helmet models every year, and these
testing standards are even more stringent than the standards adopted by the
Department of Transportation.

Apart from federal testing guidelines, also consider whether
the helmet fits well. It must not be too snug or too loose. It must also be very
comfortable to wear. If you find the helmet too heavy, or find that it pinches you,
you’re likely to skip wearing it altogether, increasing your chances of a
serious head injury in an accident. A good quality helmet must be designed to
keep your scalp cool. Try out the helmet before you buy it.

View Attorney Profile

AWARDS

AV Preeminent

RECENT POSTS

  • Labor Day Driving Safety
    Posted on September 7, 2015

    The name “Labor Day” sounds like a lot of work, but for most Americans, it’s Vacation Day instead — a well-earned break from many months of hard work during the summer. Truly, Labor Day is an occasion for us all to look back at America’s historic strides in labor and celebrate the impact our hard ... Read more

  • Truck Accidents Related to Tire Blowouts on the Rise
    Posted on April 2, 2015

    It isn’t surprising that trucking accidents caused by tire blowouts or tire failure typically result in rollovers with multiple injuries and fatalities. Now, disturbing new statistics seem to indicate that the number of truck rollovers related to tire blowouts is increasing. Many truck tires are simply not designed for travel at very high speeds. However, ... Read more

  • Technology Causing Increase in Pedestrian Accidents
    Posted on January 25, 2015

    Pedestrians in Atlanta and around the country who are distracted by cell phones and other electronic devices while walking are at a significantly higher risk of being involved in an accident. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), distracted walking is a risk at par with distracted driving. Most distractions involving pedestrians are related ... Read more

Robert N. Katz

Licensed since 1987

Member at firm Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall, LLC

AWARDS

AV Preeminent

RECENT POSTS

  • Labor Day Driving Safety
    Posted on September 7, 2015

    The name “Labor Day” sounds like a lot of work, but for most Americans, it’s Vacation Day instead — a well-earned break from many months of hard work during the summer. Truly, Labor Day is an occasion for us all to look back at America’s historic strides in labor and celebrate the impact our hard ... Read more

  • Truck Accidents Related to Tire Blowouts on the Rise
    Posted on April 2, 2015

    It isn’t surprising that trucking accidents caused by tire blowouts or tire failure typically result in rollovers with multiple injuries and fatalities. Now, disturbing new statistics seem to indicate that the number of truck rollovers related to tire blowouts is increasing. Many truck tires are simply not designed for travel at very high speeds. However, ... Read more

  • Technology Causing Increase in Pedestrian Accidents
    Posted on January 25, 2015

    Pedestrians in Atlanta and around the country who are distracted by cell phones and other electronic devices while walking are at a significantly higher risk of being involved in an accident. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), distracted walking is a risk at par with distracted driving. Most distractions involving pedestrians are related ... Read more