Is wearing a motorcycle helmet enough to increase rider safety?
Texas is a state that has what is known as a “partial helmet law” for motorcyclists. In this state, as long as the rider has health insurance that covers an accident, then it is not illegal to ride without a helmet.
While numerous studies have agreed upon the advisability of wearing a motorcycle helmet when it comes to lessening the chance of death or serious injury in the event of getting into a motorcycle accident, particularly one that involves another vehicle, information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that helmet use is but one way to reduce the risks.
In fact, when it comes to non-fatal injuries to motorcyclists, head and neck injuries are not the most common to occur. That distinction goes to the legs and feet which account for nearly one-third of such wounds. Head and neck injuries come in second in a virtual tie with injuries to the upper torso, each comprising about one of every five injuries that do not result in death.
According to the CDC, the prevalence of motor vehicle crashes overall has been on the decline, but motorcycle fatal accidents has been bucking that trend; in the period from 1999 to 2008, for example, the number of motorcycle accidents that resulted in the death of the rider more than doubled.
Helmet use is certainly one way to reduce the possibility of your next motorcycle ride being your last or of it resulting in serious injury. The CDC study also recommends the use of protective clothing as well as clothing that makes it easier for other drivers to see you.
Personal injury law and compensation for motorcycle accidents are complex areas of the law that are beyond the scope of this article to cover completely. The information in this post is an overview and should not be relied upon as legal office that should only come from an attorney.
Even if you dress defensively and ride defensively, there will always be a danger of becoming involved in an accident with a car or truck whenever you are on a motorcycle. If this should happen to you or, in a worse event, if a loved one of yours has been injured in a motorcycle accident and the other driver is at least partially at fault, understanding your legal right to monetary compensation is something with which a law office experienced in handling motorcycle cases can help.