In the Sunshine State, if you are at least 21 years old and carry a minimum of $10,000 in a medical insurance policy, then you can bypass the helmet law. However, the question is: Why would you want to increase your risk for injuries? Although most people know that wearing a motorcycle helmet can keep the motorcycle operator safe if involved in a motorcycle crash, many in this state chose not to wear one.
Various studies have shown that wearing motorcycle helmets can prevent or reduce injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, head trauma, brain damage, facial trauma, and spinal cord injury.
If you are a rider who is on the fence about wearing a helmet, then consider these 5 things before purchasing a motorcycle helmet:
- Helmet fit – The most protection will come from a full face helmet, which will protect the base of the skull, chin, and entire head. Never purchase a helmet that doesn’t fit properly or that is for the wrong type of riding, such as a bicycle helmet. If the helmet feels too big or too tight, then keep looking for just the right fit.
- Helmet chin strap – All helmets are secured by a chin strap. If the chin strap is not secured, then the protective benefits will be reduced.When purchasing a helmet with a chin strap, look for one with a quick release or double “D” ring.
- Helmet liner – The safety liner is one of the most critical components to the helmet. Never remove it, as the liner is what will absorb the energy in an accident and help to prevent brain damage.
- Helmet shell – Helmets can be made from different materials, such as fiberglass. It is best to purchase one that is cast in one piece, has the most high impact resistance, and offers the best protection.
- Helmet safety – Only purchase a motorcycle helmet that has a Department of Transportation (DOT) sticker or symbol on it. If the helmet you like doesn’t have this symbol, it means that it doesn’t meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
By wearing the right helmet, you can help reduce the chances of brain damage and traumatic brain injury in a crash. Consequently, not wearing a helmet or wearing the wrong helmet can lead to serious injuries and even death.
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