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The helmet debate rages on. Some motorcyclists argue that helmets inhibit their vision or that they really don’t protect them from injury. Yet, the science is clear. Given how many victims I’ve helped, it’s probably obvious where I fall on the spectrum of this debate: Helmets save lives.
But don’t take my word for it; consider the following from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
“Unhelmeted riders are 40% more likely to die from a head injury than someone wearing a helmet.”
“Full-face helmets offer the most protection, protecting the eyes and face with a face shield and providing protection to the chin.”
Check out this chart detailing the distribution of impact locations on motorcycle helmets based on a study by Dietmar Otte:
Your chin takes a huge hit in the average motorcycle accident. Hence, full-face helmets are best!
And if you really want to geek out on research, check out this article in the Oxford Journals: “Effectiveness of different types of motorcycle helmets and effects of their improper use on head injuries”
There is no doubt: helmets save lives. Take precautions to save your own!