Wearing a motorcycle helmet is one of the most important safety-related steps you can take. Helmets massively reduce the odds of head injuries, brain injuries and fatalities in motorcycle crashes.
Many times, you can’t prevent a crash. You can follow the rules of the road and drive safely, but you are still at the mercy of everyone else. If another driver makes a mistake, it doesn’t matter that you acted safely. You can still get hit and thrown from the bike.
That’s not to say that you shouldn’t focus on safe driving yourself. You should. But you must be aware that there is always a risk. The only way to make yourself safer is to look into the steps you can take to protect you during the accident. Assume it will happen at some point.
To this end, you need to make sure that you have a helmet that fits properly. If it’s too loose, it can come off in a crash. If it’s twisted to the side, it can block your vision or cause injury. If it’s too big, you could suffer a head injury even when the helmet takes the impact, as your skull collides with the inside of the helmet itself.
Never borrow a helmet from someone else. Never wear a helmet that you haven’t tried on before. Instead, go through your options, try on a number of different styles and designs, and get yourself a helmet that is perfectly fitted to your head. While nothing guarantees you won’t get hurt, doing this gives you the best chance to get out of an accident without serious injuries.
If you do get injured, be sure you know how to seek financial compensation for your medical bills and other costs.