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If you are a motorcycle owner, you should never hit the road without wearing a helmet. In an accident, motorcycle helmets absorb the impact of a collision on the brain and keep your head safe. There are two important times you should replace your helmet: after a motorcycle crash, and every two to four years. A helmet is built to absorb one hard impact. This is why you must replace it after an accident – it may lose protective value in a future mishap. Most manufacturers recommend you should replace a helmet every two to five years. If it is damaged, warped, or cracked, it must be replaced sooner.

So your helmet has seen better days – what should you look for when purchasing a new motorcycle helmet? There are many choices of helmets available. The top factors to consider are style, material, and comfort.

What are the different styles of helmets?
There are 4 main styles available: Full-face, three-quarter, modular, and half-helmets.

  1. A full-face helmet gives full protection since it covers your face and head. This is the safest helmet available. It typically has a flip-up face shield and a ventilation system. This style is very popular, and is available at a wide range of prices, styles, shapes, and colors.
  2. Three-quarter helmets are open-faced, which means it does not offer the face and chin protection of a full-face helmet. It is suggested to wear goggles or a snap-on visors can withstand the impact of debris.
  3. Modular Helmets give you a combination of the full-faced and three-quarter helmets. It has a flip-up face and chin shield to easily remove the helmet or allow full face exposure.
  4. A half-helmet protects your head the least; offering only basic protection. It is more likely to come off your head upon impact. These helmets are not recommended.

How to determine a proper fit?

Correct fit is extremely important to the effectiveness of a helmet in a motorcycle accident. To find your helmet size, measure your head at its largest circumference – typically one inch above your eyebrows. Try on the helmet – it should sit squarely on your head. Your peripheral vision should not be affected. Fasten the helmet and tilt your head from side to side and front to back. It should not move. Because the helmet may aggravate tender areas of your head, make sure to wear the helmet for at least 15 minutes before purchasing. If it does not withstand the fifteen minute trial period, select the next size up or try another brand and test its fit. Please note – if you normally wear glasses when riding, have them on while trying on helmets.

With any helmet you decide to purchase, make sure you choose one that is right for you. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please call the personal injury attorneys of Rutter Mills for a free, no obligation consultation.