Maryland law requires everyone riding a motorcycle to wear a helmet at all times, no matter his or her age or experience. At Alpert Schreyer, we stand behind safety measures that are meant to protect the lives of Maryland residents. However, not everyone agrees with helmet laws and many states throughout the country have few or no helmet laws for motorcyclists.
But why are helmets important for every motorcyclist?
Motorcycle riders have very little protection, with helmets being their greatest defense in the event of a crash. Often, head injuries are the leading cause of fatality in a crash for a motorcyclist. Helmets are meant to protect against these types of traumatic brain injuries and give a victim the best chance of walking away from an accident.
If a motorcycle is struck by another vehicle, there is a chance that the rider will be directly impacted. A helmet can help prevent his or her head from being directly hit and cushions the blow as much as possible. Often, crashes throw a victim off the bike violently. In these accidents, the victim can be thrown straight into a wall, tree, the ground, or another hazard. Once again, helmets serve as a barrier between a person’s brain and the dangers around them.
Full-face helmets provide extra protection for a rider. These helmets can keep the face from being impacted during a crash and protect the lower parts of the head as well as the neck, which could be injured even if the rider is wearing an open face or half helmet.
Unfortunately, even the safest motorcyclist cannot prevent all accidents and their resulting injuries. If you have been injured in a crash caused by a negligent or reckless driver, contact the personal injury lawyers at Alpert Schreyer at (844) 632-7274. Through a free case evaluation with our legal team, you can better understand your rights and pursue justice for your losses.