Making Head or Tails of Picking the Appropriate Motorcycle Helmet
You enjoy getting on your motorcycle and checking out the sights of your state. Whether you choose to travel on US 30, the Route 56 Loop, or another scenic road in Idaho, you’re sure to see a variety of picturesque views.
Idaho law does not require adult riders 18 years of age and older to wear helmets. However, drivers and passengers under 18 are required to wear the gear when riding and can face penalties if they are found to be in violation of the law.
Choosing an Appropriate Helmet
Although helmets are not required for adults, wearing them while riding is a smart idea. You can reduce your chances of receiving traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures, and facial trauma if you do. Not all helmets provide the same level of protection, however. When selecting the protection, look for:
- A DOT sticker. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) holds helmets to a high degree of safety standards. Those that pass its rigorous testing will earn the DOT sticker. When your helmet has this important marker, you know that it provides the primary functions of impact and penetration protection, along with retention. Such a helmet should provide you with shock absorption, protection from objects cracking the helmet and coming in contact with your skull, and the ability to stay on your head.
- The right fit. No matter how great the helmet is, it can’t help you if it’s not on properly. Your helmet should fit snug and tight enough that you can’t pull it off by yanking or tugging on the back or front. Additionally, the helmet should feel comfortable and feature air vents and padding.
When the Worst Happens
Even if you are wearing a helmet, you can still experience serious injuries if you are involved in a crash. The attorneys of the Morton Law Offices may be able to fight for you and receive the justice you deserve. Contact us today to speak with an attorney about how we can help.
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