Hop on with a Helmet

by Terry Bryant

Motorcycle Helmet

Can a Motorcycle Helmet Save My Life?

There are many ways of preventing injuries to motorcyclists, such as education and increased public awareness. Education and awareness, of both motorcyclists and fellow motorists, is key.  However, voluntarily choosing to wear a helmet can help to reduce injuries and fatalities if a motorcyclist is involved in a crash.

Texas law only mandates that motorcycle riders 20 and younger wear a helmet. If you are a motorcycle rider, it may be in your best interest to always wear a helmet, regardless of your age and experience level.  Choosing not to wear a helmet increases your chance of injury, and even death.  Motorcycle helmets are proven about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries and 37 percent effective in preventing death.

Check the laws for every state before going on a cross-border trip.  You could find yourself in one of 19 states that requires all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet.  If you are embarking on a trip from Texas, the neighboring state of Louisiana has a more stringent helmet law that requires all riders to wear a helmet.

Riding without a helmet could cost you a ticket, at the least, but more importantly, your life, if you are involved in an accident.  More than 4,900 motorcyclists died in 2012.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact a Board Certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.