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How to Choose the Right Motorcycle Helmet for You

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The number one rule of motorcycle safety is to wear the right helmet when riding. Most motorcycle fatalities happen because riders were not wearing the proper protective gear. Before you head out on your next ride, read up on these tips to make sure you’re wearing the right helmet for your body and riding style.

Which Motorcycle Helmet Should I Buy?

There are several different types of motorcycle helmets to choose from, including full-face, modular, off-road, half, open-face, and dual-sport. Each one is appropriate for a different situation.

  • Full-face: A full-face helmet provides the most coverage for your head and neck and is considered the safest helmet in the event of a crash. One element that makes the full-face helmet unique is the chin bar, a safety feature that other helmets may lack. Since the chin experiences approximately 50% of severe impacts during a wreck, this feature is valuable.
  • Modular: A modular helmet has a chin bar and visor that can flip up to open the front of the helmet. While a modular helmet provides less protection than a full-face helmet, it is considered safer than a half helmet.
  • Open-face: An open-face helmet, also known as a ¾ helmet, covers the top and back of your head but leaves your face exposed. This type of helmet does not have a chin bar. The open-face helmet is often used by those riding a scooter or cruiser so riders can feel the wind on their face. However, safety is significantly reduced with this helmet.
  • Half: A half helmet only covers the top of your head and your forehead. Most half helmets do not come with eye protection, so you’d need to purchase goggles or other protective eyewear to accompany the helmet.
  • Off-road: An off-road helmet is designed for dirt roads and, as such, typically has better airflow. This type of helmet is typically designed for maximum protection and performance during the summer months when most dirt biking occurs. Like half helmets, most off-road helmets do not provide eye protection.
  • Dual-sport: A dual-sport helmet is a mix between a full-face helmet and an off-road helmet. These helmets are designed for use both on and off the road. A dual-sport helmet provides a chin bar, eye protection, good airflow, and more.

Choosing the Right Motorcycle Helmet Size

When choosing a motorcycle helmet, you must select one that fits your head properly. When trying on a helmet, the strap should be tight enough that you can only fit two fingers between the strap and your chin. Additionally, the helmet should not be so tight that it’s uncomfortable. The helmet should not move around when you turn your head.

Unfortunately, motorcycle crashes are still a common occurrence and there is only so much you can do to protect yourself. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash that wasn’t your fault, our North Carolina personal injury attorneys are here to help you seek justice and recover compensation.

Contact Lanier Law Group, P.A. at (855) 757-4204 to schedule a free consultation.

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