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Friday, December 15, 2017
Motorcycle accidents are by far one of the more catastrophic types of accidents a person can experience. As a rider, you are fully exposed to everything around you – including the road, debris, and other vehicles. An accident at even low speeds can lead to permanently disabling injuries.
If you are new to riding or you are a long-time rider, you might be tempted to purchase a used motorcycle helmet. After all, a brand new one is a big investment and if you are not sure you want to commit to the open road on a motorcycle, the cheaper price of a used one makes it tempting.
Before you buy that used motorcycle helmet, you have a few things to think about. Not only should you consider the helmet laws, but also the safety of any type of helmet you purchase – new or used.
Motorcycle laws in the Midwest have gone through numerous changes. In Illinois, the state has adopted motorcycle laws and they have been in effect since 1968. These laws were overturned by the Illinois Supreme Court, saying that they were unconstitutional.
However, in 2009, the legislature was brought up again by the Illinois Senate and they proposed that all riders have a helmet with a chain strap. The law was denied and since then Illinois has not had any motorcycle helmet laws.
While Illinois is among the very few states that have no helmet laws, including Iowa and New Hampshire, it is highly recommended that you do wear a helmet when riding.
In the states where helmets are required when riding a motorcycle, there has been dramatic reductions in the number of reported deaths. In fact, California saved over $394 million on costs associated with accidents because of their universal motorcycle helmet law. Only about 12 percent of riders who die in accidents are wearing helmets at the time of the event. States without any laws see a 64 percent increase in the number of deaths.
Motorcycles require caution and experience. However, the best rider may still encounter a catastrophic accident. Therefore, if you ride, you should be aware of the stats and do what you can to reduce becoming one of those statistics.
When you buy anything used, not just a motorcycle helmet, you need to know you are no longer purchasing something brand new with a manufacturer guarantee. You cannot tell how the previous owner treated that helmet, how often it was left in the sun, dropped, or even if it was involved in an accident.
As a rule, a used helmet is one that you should never consider. A motorcycle helmet is one of the safety must-haves, but also one that you need to do its job if you are involved in an accident someday.
A good helmet will protect your skull, brain, and even your neck. It can protect you from a fatal injury, prevent you from suffering from permanent disfigurement, and while your state might not require that you wear one, your loved ones will appreciate that you do.
Some riders do not understand the importance of a motorcycle helmet. Some do not like to wear them because they are heavy, suffocating, or bulky for the ride. While it might not be aesthetically pleasing or even comfortable, that helmet is one of the cheapest ways to protect yourself. After all, you might be an excellent rider, but can you predict what the people in vehicles around you will do?
Did you know that you should replace your helmets every five years max? The five-year rule exists because manufacturers have assessed that the glue, resin, and other materials used will eventually break down by the five-year mark, especially when exposed to elements, wear and tear, and UV rays. While there is plenty that does not deteriorate in the five-year span, the safety components of your helmet are likely to be compromised; therefore, you should consider replacing that helmet after five years anyway.
Helmets do wear out over time, and they will start to break down long before you recognize the symptoms. It is not just the age of the helmet that will force it to break down. In fact, there are other factors that force it to slowly deteriorate, and the deterioration comes from sources including:
When it comes to wearing down a helmet and choosing the right one, most experts agree that a helmet’s safety and dependability vary by brand and use. Some ways to tell if a helmet needs a replacement include:
Bottom line, it is always best to purchase a helmet yourself. That is the only way to ensure that you have purchased a helmet safe enough to use for your next ride. Furthermore, when you do not know the person that has used that helmet, the history of the helmet, or how many years it has left, you are putting yourself at grave risk.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, turn to the accident advocates at Malman Law. Our team is here to help you with your accident claim. Whether you have a claim against a manufacturer for a faulty motorcycle helmet or you need assistance with a claim against someone who has caused your collision, we are here to ensure you receive maximum compensation.
Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today at 888-307-7068 or request more information online.
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