Michigan law now allows motorcyclists and their passengers to choose for
themselves whether or not they would like to wear a helmet while riding.
There are few restrictions, but the majority of riders do have free choice.
For those who do wear helmets, it is important that you not only understand
how to properly use a helmet but also where you should store it, how they
work, and why.
At Goodman Acker P.C. our
motorcycle attorneys frequently represent victims injured in a Michigan motorcycle accident.
Head injuries are in fact one of the most common types of injuries related
to bike crash and what our attorneys see most often. Even the best bike
helmet is no guarantee for protection against injury, however wearing
a helmet can help your odds. It is important the right helmet is worn
and you understand how they work.
Motorcycle helmets should not be stored near gasoline, cleaning fluids,
exhaust fumes, or excessive heat. Storing your helmet near one of these
will result in degradation of your helmet. The best procedure would be
to find a flat, secure place for it, such as on your garage floor, secured
on a rack, or stowed on a shelf. All helmets are different so it's
important you also follow the manufacturer's care instructions for
your helmet, however many will require you to use only mildest soap to clean it.
How & Why Motorcycle Helmets Work
People use helmets in the construction industry, for playing sports, or
even in the military. As these are all considered helmets, different helmets
are designed to do different things. A motorcycle helmet is specifically
designed for the activity of riding.
There are four basic components of a bike helmet and all four components
work together to provide protection. These four components include:
Outer shell: What you see first. The outer shell is typically made from fiber-reinforced
composites or thermoplastics so that the force is lessened before it reaches
Impact-Absorbing Liner: Inside the outer shell. The impact-absorbing liner is typically made
of expanded polystyrene and is designed to absorb shock as the helmet
stops and your head wants to keep on moving.
Comfort Padding: Layer that sits next to your head. The comfort padding is typically made
of soft foam-and-cloth and is designed to ensure your helmet fits snugly
and is comfortable.
Retention System: Also known as the chin strap. The retention system connects to each side
of the shell so that the helmet stays on your head in the instance of
if you are involved in a motorcycle accident.
It is important to remember that when you are choosing to purchase a helmet
that you think first about protection and comfort. Color, design, and
price should be your last considerations. All of the above listed information
and more can be found on the
Motorcycle Safety Foundation website.
More Information On Using a Motorcycle Helmet
For more information on how to properly use a motorcycle helmet, our Michigan
motorcycle attorneys highly recommend you watch this YouTube video created
by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Watch the video below.
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