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Finding the Right Motorcycle Helmet for You

Finding the Right Motorcycle Helmet for You

Motorcyclist fatalities have doubled in the past several decades, and a motorcycle helmet is an important factor in preventing serious head injuries. Between 1994 and 2016, the numbers rose from 5.7 of traffic accident fatalities to over 14 percent. This is an enormous rise in motorcyclist deaths, especially since motorcycles account for only 3 percent of the registered vehicles. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of a fatality is lowered by 37 percent when a rider wears a helmet. Knowing which ones have rated the highest can help a motorcyclist decide on which one would work best for them. In the following, we will discuss the pros and cons of the latest top-rated helmets.

Bluetooth Modular Helmet 2.0 Evolution Sena by Bilt Techno

Great safety features, luxuries you don’t expect, plus Bluetooth technology, all come with this lower-priced helmet. It comes in both flip-up and full-face models with a removable liner and good ventilation. The price is stunningly low at $225 to $275. The cons are that color choices are somewhat limited, the noise level could be lower, and the available sizes could be larger.

LS2 Valiant Modular Motorcycle Helmet

This lightweight, smaller helmet has padding and a foam lining that can protect your head if you’re in a crash, and its specs exceed those set by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The ventilation system is adjustable to conform to your comfort level, and the chin strap is quick release, which is an important feature if you are involved in a motorcycle crash. The cons are that this isn’t the quietest helmet, and the top venting and speaker pockets could be improved. The cost runs between $275 and $375, so this model is more affordable than some others.

Klim TK1200 Illumino Hi-Viz Helmet

The molded carbon shell on this helmet makes it a lightweight beauty, it offers intelligent ventilation, and the Transitions face shield is good for either day or night or long hauls. In the event of an accident, the chin strap is breakaway, which reduces the risk of a head or brain injury. The only problem with the Klim TK1200 appears to be the noise levels. The pricing is good at around $300.

Shoei Neotec Road Racing Street Helmet

The pros of this highest rated helmet offer good ventilation, superior quality, an internal sun visor that works well and drowns out noise in a flip-up model. An anti-fog system and it is lighter in weight, which makes it a winner. It’s pricey at $650 to $700, but you can’t put a price on safety when it comes to head injuries. Other cons may include noise at high speeds, and it has a metallic paint that can scratch and be unsightly.

Scorpion EXO Adventure Touring Motorcycle Helmet

This luxury full-face helmet has a wide eye port that offers a good peripheral vision to the rider, low wind drag, and a great sun visor that drops down. Optimal impact absorption is an important plus for crash safety. The one minus might be the short chin strap, which might be a problem for some riders. You can get one for between $690 and $750.

HJC RPHA Max Motorcycle Helmet

Long-distance riders will appreciate the comfort of this helmet and its removable pads, which increases its lifespan. The glass sun visor works well, but you can also wear your sunglasses with this model. Cons include the motorcycle helmet face guard latch, which causes problems when trying to open the face guard and attaching the chin strap properly. The regular list price is around $460, but if you search, you can find them for as low as $285.

When a Motorcycle Helmet Needs Replacing

Every five years or after an accident, the motorcycle helmet should be replaced. This is because a crash and age compress the protective padding inside. If the helmet is not replaced, it may provide much less protection when needed. In addition, the materials over time can become degraded and lower its ability to protect your head in the event of a collision. Second-hand helmets are a big no-no because they may have been involved in an accident and not provide the needed protection.

What an Attorney Can Do for You

When you are injured in a motorcycle accident, having an experienced lawyer at your side is invaluable. Studies show that their presence has a beneficial effect on the compensation you receive. At our firm, we dispatch our investigative team to the site of the accident, where they search for evidence of negligence. Some techniques we use are interviewing witnesses, accident reconstruction, and obtaining videos from traffic surveillance cameras. We also review police reports for inaccuracies. If a helmet was sold to our client under the pretext that it met with federal requirements, they would incorporate that into their report. Once all information has been amassed, the investigators turn the data over to our lawyers, who use it to build a strong case for our client. 

Roseville Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Roseville motorcycle lawyer. When you are injured in a motorcycle crash by a negligent driver or government entity, I have free and friendly advice to offer. Please call me at (916) 921-6400 locally or (800) 404-5400 long-distance. An online form is available also.

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