In New York State, motorcycle helmets are mandated by law. While wearing a helmet is the law in New York, it also just makes sense. According to the New York State Department of Health, wearing a helmet reduces the likelihood of traumatic brain injuries and concussions during a motorcycle accident. Helmets also reduce the risk of death by 37 percent and reduce the risk of head injury by 69 percent.
New York State law requires motorcyclists to wear a protective helmet that meets certain standards. Ornamental or novelty helmets will not generally meet these requirements. Motorcyclists in New York State should also consider wearing a face shield or goggles while riding.
It may be worth noting that a helmet may not prevent all head injuries experienced in a severe motorcycle accident. Despite that, as noted above, wearing one improves the rider’s chances of avoiding serious head injuries.
Suffering a broken bone in an accident can take weeks to heal and create problems for the rider. However, a traumatic brain injury can lead to a lifetime of complications. A motorcycle accident in which your head is unprotected could result in death, memory impairment, vision or hearing loss, and a lack of coordination. Your ability to regulate breathing and heart rate can also be impacted. The damage caused by head injuries is often irreversible. It is important to protect yourself by wearing a helmet every time you ride.
There are a number of ways in which the brain can be injured in a motorcycle accident in which a helmet is not worn. An injury to the frontal lobe can lead to problems with speaking, learning, and other cognitive abilities. An injury to the cerebellum can lead to difficulties with balancing and walking. An injury to the temporal lobe can lead to issues with memory, hearing, and processing what we’re hearing. These are all serious issues, with a lifetime of complications.
While it may be impossible to prevent the risk of motorcycle accidents entirely, the risks to your brain can be greatly reduced by wearing proper protective gear as required by law. When it comes to protecting your brain, a motorcycle helmet is essential. Even a minor accident can lead to major brain damage, resulting in a variety of physical and mental impairments.
Choosing not to wear a helmet can also have legal repercussions, in terms of recovering your medical expenses or receiving damages. Even if you are not found at fault in an accident, not wearing a helmet can affect your ability to seek damages if the lack of helmet contributed to your injuries.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, the attorneys at William Mattar law offices may be able to help you. William Mattar is the largest motor vehicle accident firm in New York State. We are here to help. We are available 24/7 at 844-444-4444.