Motorcycle helmets are not the perfect protection, and you can still sustain head injuries with a motorcycle helmet. Although it is important to note that according to information provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control, in 2016 alone, helmets saved an estimated 1,859 lives. Wearing helmets could save over $1 billion in economic costs if all motorcyclists wore helmets as they reduce the risk of death by 37 percent and the risk of head injury by 69 percent.
Motorcyclists should always don a helmet when getting on their bike and make any of their passengers do the same. Head injuries can still occur when a helmet is worn, but they are generally less severe and less likely to take your life. You may not be able to prevent an accident or control the actions of drivers around you, but you can help protect yourself and your fellow passengers if an accident does happen.
If worn correctly, helmets provide a solid barrier between the motorcyclist head and other objects such as vehicles and the road. In addition, they protect the face, the eyes, help reduce wind noise, and decrease fatigue. Although, without full face protection, victims in accidents can still sustain chipped teeth, facial scarring, cuts, abrasions, and other severe injuries.
Helmets, especially those made from sub-par materials, can and do crack or fail, and those wearing them can still suffer severe injury or death. In some accidents, wearing a helmet makes no difference as the motorcyclist suffers serious or fatal injuries to another area of the body besides the head.
A head injury can impact the brain, skull, or the scalp. They can be as mild as a bump or a scrap and as serious as a traumatic brain injury that leads to death.
You can still sustain head injuries with a motorcycle helmet including:
While motorcycle helmets can save lives and prevent many significant injuries, they are not infallible by any means. They can break, and they do not protect against every injury that victims can potentially sustain in a motorcycle accident.
If you learned the hard way that you can still sustain head injuries with a motorcycle helmet, now is the time to reach out to a skilled motorcycle accident attorney in Illinois. When the negligence of others on the road leads to your accident, they may owe you the compensation to help you recover.
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