Headgear Options for Bikers
Though there’s long been debate about the effectiveness of helmets for motorcyclists, studies indicate that the use of helmets reduces the risk of both head injury (by 69%) and death (by 42%). One study found 10 times as many fatalities in states without universal helmet laws. After Michigan’s helmet law was repealed in 2012, a report found that there was a 14% increase in motorcycle-accident-related head injuries and a 38% increase in bike-related skull fractures.
The Different Types of Helmets
Bikers have three basic types of helmets from which to choose:
- full helmet,
- ¾ helmet, and
- ½ helmet.
For maximum protection, use a full helmet. Full helmets come in a wide array of shapes and sizes but always include full protection for your head and face. They have a rigid outer shell with a full-face visor that rotates out of the way and often locks into place. Higher-end helmets typically have more padding inside and may include a built-in camera or speakers, along with Bluetooth capability.
The ¾ helmet offers many of the same features as the full helmet, but with minimal or no face protection. If there’s a visor, it typically pivots up and down to cover the eyes. The protection in the top, side, and back of the helmet is similar to the full-face helmet, but you’ll find less protection in the chin and lower facial area.
The ½ helmet usually offers the same type of rigid construction and padding but covers only the top of your head and part of the back and/or sides. There’s no facial protection at all, so you may want to sport goggles or protective glasses.
Contact Weber & Nierenberg for Strong Representation
At Weber & Nierenberg, we bring more than 30 years of experience to personal injury victims across California. For a free initial consultation to discuss your options after an accident, contact us by e-mail or call 1-866-288-6010 for an appointment