How a Helmet Can Protect You if Involved in a Rochester Motorcycle Accident

by William Mattar | May 15th, 2019

New York’s Department of Health provides the following information regarding the benefits of wearing a motorcycle helmet:

  • 1772 U.S. motorcyclists avoided fatalities by wearing helmets (2015)
  • Motorcycle helmets are estimated to be nearly 40 percent effective in preventing serious and fatal injuries to motorcycle drivers and 42 percent effective for motorcycle passengers
  • Motorcycle helmets are 67 percent effective in protecting the head from suffering traumatic injuries.
  • Head injuries are the leading cause of operator and passenger deaths in motorcycle accidents

Rochester motorcyclists should wear approved helmets when riding a motorcycle. However, while wearing a helmet protects one of the most vulnerable parts of the body, it can’t protect the rest of your body. If a vehicle driver hits you while you are riding your motorcycle and you suffer serious physical injuries, call our firm today to schedule a free consultation appointment.

How Motorcycle Helmets Protect Your Head

The outer shell of motorcycle helmets can stop pointed objects from penetrating the helmet and puncturing the skull. This shell also gives structure to a helmet’s inner liner to prevent the helmet from disintegrating if it hits pavement.

The soft, thick inner lining of motorcycle helmets can protect the skull against forceful impacts. During impact, the liner increases the time and distance and reduces acceleration.

A motorcycle helmet’s retention system is specifically made to keep it on your head during an accident. Styles of retention systems vary depending on the helmet’s design. However, this retention system can only function like it is supposed to if your helmet fits snugly and properly.

If you are a Rochester motorcyclist, you should always wear a helmet, and ensure it fits properly. It’s not only the law, but it may save your life.

When motorcycle accidents cause serious physical injuries, the motorcycle accident lawyers at William Mattar can help victims obtain maximum compensation for their damages. Call today to schedule a free consultation with a Rochester accident attorney.