Motorcycle accidents can cause severe injuries and potential head trauma. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can you help you recover financial compensation for damages sustained from collisions. It’s important to keep in mind that riding a motorcycle puts you at risk of being involved in a collision. You should always take precautions when riding to keep yourself safe. One excellent way to protect yourself is by investing in a quality helmet.
Choosing the right helmet can be difficult with so many styles and options on the market. You should make sure that any helmet you decide to purchase meets both DOT and Snell safety standards for the best protection. Reading reviews from users can also help you decide which helmet will best suit your needs. Here are a four common styles of motorcycle helmets to help you make a decision on which one will be best for you.
Full Face Helmet
The full face helmet is designed to cover the entire head including the base of the skull, portion of the chin, and the majority of the face. A full face helmet offers the most protection and can be the safest option. If you are involved in an accident a full face helmet can protect your face and head from severe injury. One problem with this type of helmet is the risk of neck injury should there be strong winds during a ride. You have to weigh the benefits with the risks when deciding on a full face helmet.
Half Shell Helmet
Half shell helmets provide minimal protection by only covering the top of the head. Many riders prefer this type of helmet because they can be extremely comfortable. They are much less noticeable when riding than a full face helmet. They also afford the rider greater visibility while on the road. It does not give eye protection so you should consider an alternative form of eye gear with the use of a half shell helmet. While these helmets can be comfortable, you give up significantly more coverage when wearing them than you would have had with a full face model.
Three Quarter Shell Helmet
This type of helmet covers slightly more than a half shell helmet. The three quarter shell helmet is designed to cover the forehead, the ears, top of the head, and sides of the head. They do not offer eye protection so you should consider wearing another form of eye protective gear along with this helmet. They do offer the rider more visibility than a full face helmet, and the rider is more able to communicate with other motorcyclists with their mouth uncovered.
A modular helmet may also be referred to as a flip-up helmet. It’s a combination between the full-face helmet and an open face option. It offers some of the benefits of both styles of helmet. The front of the modular helmet flips up to create the unrestricted feel of an open face helmet, but can flipped back down to provide the protection of a full face helmet. Communication is easy with this type of helmet because the rider can simply flip the front part up to talk. Modular helmets are often lightweight and less cumbersome than a full face helmet.
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