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Dispelling Virginia Motorcycle Helmet Myths

Your motorcycle keys and helmet go together. You pick up one, and put on the other. Even for a short ride, your helmet should be your most basic protection. You should put on your helmet the same way you buckle up when entering your car.

Helmet myths are popular among freedom-loving advocates of "bikers rights" such as:

 

  • helmets can break your neck,
  • helmets block your vision, or 
  • helmets make you deaf.

 

Our Culpeper and Warrenton motorcycle accident attorneys have seen enough bikers' lives ruined by traumatic brain injuries and other injuries sustained in often relatively minor bike crashes. This makes us strong advocates of bikers' rights to survive accidents.

Crashes, whether caused by your own mistake or by the negligence of someone else, can happen at any time. The stark reality is that, if you crash, you are likely to hit the pavement or any other obstacle with your head. You don't want your skull to be your only protection.

 

  • A motorcycle helmet, if you have chosen the right one, is comfortable and protects you from noise, wind, water, insects, and flying objects. Motorcycle helmets are scientifically designed to provide protection in various ways:
  • Outer shell: Usually made from fiber-reinforced composites or thermoplastics. The outer shell is highly shock-resistant and disperses the impact's energy by compression.
  • Absorbing liner: Under the shell, the expanded polystyrene layer has the same function of dispersing the impact's shock before it hits your head.
  • Comfort padding: This is a foam and cloth layer that keeps you comfortable and makes the helmet fit your head's shape. The padding can usually be removed for washing, as it absorbs water and sweat.
  • Chin strap: This retention system makes sure the helmet stays firmly on your head in all circumstances. Riding without your strap securely fastened would defeat the whole purpose of a helmet.

 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Virginia car, truck or motorcycle accident, please contact our Warrenton or Culpeper accident attorneys today for a free discussion of your accident case. You will have a clear view of if and how our lawyers can help you protect your rights.

Richard A. Dulaney
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Richard has over 30 years of experience in personal injury law.