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Tips on choosing the right motorcycle helmet

For California motorcyclists, having the right safety gear is of the utmost importance. Without proper protection, including that which is afforded by helmets, the likelihood of a serious injury can greatly increase. Motorcyclists face a number of risks when on the road, and our team at Callahan & Blaine are all too aware of what can occur if riders are not outfitted with the necessary safety equipment. That’s why we encourage all motorcyclists to thoroughly consider which type of helmet is right for their needs.

According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, selecting a helmet requires a number of considerations. All helmets must be rigorously tested by government agencies before they are released to the commercial market. Testing involves many different areas, including how accommodating a helmet is to a full range of vision (with standards requiring peripheral vision of at least 105 degrees on either side). Helmets must also be able to withstand a penetrating blow from piercing objects and have appropriate shock absorption capability. 

When making a selection, it helps to know the different types of helmets that are available. Coverage is offered in full-face, open-face and half-helmet configurations. Full-face helmets provide the greatest amount of protection, while open-face models lack the same level of facial coverage but offer head protection during a crash. Half-helmets offer the least amount of protection and as a result may not be suitable to those riders seeking comprehensive coverage.  

Comfort is another important consideration. Helmets should be neither too big or too small, and all components must rest in the appropriate areas of the face and head. For this reason, it’s important to try on a helmet before purchasing to ensure it offers the right fit. If you’ve suffered injuries while riding a motorcycle that were caused by another driver’s carelessness, please visit our website for more information.

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