The Best Motorcycle Helmets for Safety

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People love their motorcycles. The fresh air, the open road--it's the American dream on two wheels and 50 miles per gallon! But the American dream can be disastrously cut short if you don't take the proper precautions. Motorcycle accident statistics show that motorcycles are considerably more dangerous than cars especially when the rider doesn't wear a helmet.

States with these laws usually require anyone who is driving or riding on a motorcycle to wear a helmet when riding the public roads. You might end up riding into another state that doesn't require helmet, such as Illinois, but still, it's always safer to wear a helmet even if it isn't required.

By far, the most deadly motorcycle crashes include head and neck impact. Regardless of the speed you are going, motorcycle accident statistics show that people wearing helmets are 3 times more likely to survive an accident. It's simple: If you want to live, you should probably wear a helmet.

Let's pray that doesn't happen. You are going to buy a helmet; you will have a lot of different choices between helmets—in all shapes, colors, and prices. How do you know which one you should buy?

To begin, there are by and large three different helmet varieties: full coverage, open face, and half.

Full coverage helmets, like their name says, cover the entire head of the wearer. In addition, it covers the base of the skull in the back and protects the chin in front. This helmet, motorcycle accident statistic prove, is by far the least dangerous. Although full coverage helmets may be a little more expensive than other types, it's a good investment: 35% of crashes impact the rider's chin!

An "open faced helmet" can also be called a 3/4 helmet. It covers the head and back of skull but doesn't have a protective bar around the chin. It doesn't have any protection over the face, as its name implies.

A half helmet, also called a "shorty," only covers the top of the head and has the least amount of protection. While there are Department of Transportation approved half helmets, these aren't going to be as safe as a full coverage or open face helmet.

When you're out to buy a motorcycle helmet, always check that it has a DOT certification sticker. Even better, you should look for a helmet approved by the Snell Memorial Foundation, which has stricter standards than the DOT.

I'm sure it comes as no surprise that injuries are typically more serious when it comes to motorcycle accidents. What may come as a surprise is the amount of help the insurance company is NOT prepared to give. In the (hopefully unlikely) event that you are hurt in a motorcycle accident, it might be in your best interest to call a motorcycle crash lawyer to get as much help as possible when it comes to fighting the insurance company. Always be careful and put a helmet on! Be safe out there—I don't want you to be another motorcycle accident statistic!

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Jim Brown is a personal injury attorney based in St. Louis, Missouri. He has written several publications, including a guide for accidents in Missouri and Illinois. You can request a free copy of, "I Survived! The Crash Victim's Guide to Dealing with the Aftermath," to help you get through the post-accident period by going to his website at and clicking "Contact Us."

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This article was published on 2010/09/12