Motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles account for more than half of motorcycle accident deaths across Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Factors like dense traffic, distracted driving, road rage and drivers operating under the influence of alcohol or recreational cannabis/THC can make highways and roads tough on bikers. When a biker is involved in any motorcycle accident, the best defense they have for protecting themselves from brain injuries is a really good motorcycle helmet.
Choose A DOT Certified Motorcycle Helmet
It is recommended to be sure to choose a helmet meeting the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218. If you see the DOT symbol on the outside back of the helmet, it is certified that the helmet meets the DOT standard. A DOT certified motorcycle helmet will also have a permanent inside label identifying the manufacturer. Here are some other tips for choosing and care of your helmet:
- Helmets meeting FMVSS 218 weigh around three pounds; have a thick polystyrene-foam lining; and sturdy chinstraps.
- ANSI or Snell labels are voluntary indicators of helmet quality.
- Don’t leave your helmet behind on short trips because it could be a deadly mistake.
- Some motorcycle helmets, in addition to offering protection to your head in a crash, include plastic face shields that offer protection from wind, rain, insects, dust, and stones thrown up from cars. If your helmet doesn’t have a face shield, be sure you wear goggles because eyeglasses won’t keep your eyes from watering, and can easily fall off.
More About Motorcycle Accident Concussion & Traumatic Brain Injuries
A blow to the head in a motorcycle accident can damage the brain, and cause a type of injury known as traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI may be as mild as a concussion or it can be a more severe injury impairing critical functions like speech, vision, concentration, memory and control over emotions and can lead to accidental death. Other head injuries can include internal bleeding, skull fractures, or lacerations that may require plastic surgery. Wearing a motorcycle helmet will lessen the severity of a head injury sustained in a motorcycle crash, but your best bet is to ALWAYS get checked out by a doctor after any accident with head impact. A person suffering a concussion may encounter these symptoms: Headaches, Dizziness, Fatigue, Insomnia, Sensitivity to light and noise, Behavioral or mood changes.
Always Ride Defensively
To help avoid motorcycle accidents it is important to ALWAYS ride sober, ride defensively and it cannot be emphasized enough that you make sure you and your passengers are always wearing protective helmets. It may not be the law in every state, but it’s common sense for safety. Make sure to check out the helmet laws in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
If you or a family member have been left with injuries after a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of a distracted driver, please don’t hesitate to contact us to speak with an experienced motorcycle injury attorney. Dussault & Zatir P.C. has lawyers on call at +1-800-542-4LAW to answer your personal injury questions. We have 30 years of experience handling such cases and have consistently achieved big, successful and fast results. We know what you are going through and what you need. With offices in New Bedford, Fall River and Taunton, Massachusetts, as well as an office in Providence, Rhode Island, if you’ve been injured, our lawyers are here to fight for you.
*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.
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