All Motorcycle Helmets Are Not Equal
Riding a motorcycle inherently carries serious risks and motorcycle accidents can lead to some of the most devastating and tragic consequences for a rider. These risks are heightened whenever a rider fails to wear protective headgear such as a helmet. And even when riders attempt to be safe by wearing a helmet, the reality is that all helmets are not created equal and tragic consequences can still occur.
What Example of a Motorcycle Helmet Tragedy was Recently in the News?
Local 10 News reported that authorities have determined that the quality of a helmet worn by a motorcycle rider who was killed in a recent accident was subpar. Officers have determined that the fatal accident occurred when the teenage driver of the vehicle that hit the motorcycle rider failed to yield to him. While the force of the impact was substantial enough to cause the motorcycle’s front wheel to be crushed inward and the tire to be taken off the rim, authorities have also determined that the motorcycle rider’s helmet was not in compliance with the Department of Transportation’s safety standards.
What is the Law Regarding Helmets in Florida?
Though it may be surprising in lieu of how serious the risk of injury can be, an adult may operate a motorcycle without protective head gear under Florida law. However, in order to do so legally, an individual must be at least 21 years old and have an insurance policy that provides at least $10,000 in medical benefits for any injuries sustained while riding on or operating a motorcycle.
How Can Motorcycle Riders Ensure Their Helmet Fits Properly?
More thought should go into choosing a helmet than simply picking out one that is physically appealing. Before going shopping, every motorcycle rider should measure the circumference of his or her head at the place where it is largest. For most people, this spot is right above the eyebrows in the front and this should be used as a starting place to measure all the way around. These measurements should be taken repeatedly to ensure that they are accurate. At that point, a motorcycle rider is ready to try on helmets. When trying them on:
- Don’t simply go by the listed size. Even though many helmets are marked and sold as S, M, L or XL, sizes have a tendency to vary among manufacturers and model types.
- Make sure it isn’t too big. While a helmet shouldn’t be uncomfortable, it should at least initially fit snugly and may even feel a bit too tight until it is in place correctly.
- Do a movement test. After putting the helmet on and fastening the straps securely, attempt to move and ensure that your head and the helmet are moving together without gaps.
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