Whilst car crashes are undoubtedly serious, the risks of a road accident injury are even greater for motorcyclists.
Protective clothing and equipment is vital to staying safe on a motorcycle and no bit of kit is more invaluable than the motorcycle helmet.
Staying safe during road traffic accidents with motorcycle helmets – the origins
The advent of the motorcycle helmet began with the motorcycle accident and subsequent death of T.E. Lawrence. More commonly known as Lawrence of Arabia, he sustained severe head injuries following an incident on the road in Wareham, Dorset.
Part of the team that unsuccessfully tried to save his life was neurosurgeon Dr Hugh Cairns, whose subsequent research into the consequence of motorbike road crashes lead to the use of motorcycle helmets in both the military and general life.
Avoiding road accident injuries with motorcycle helmets – helmet types
In all, there are five basic types of motorcycle helmet.Open Claim Calculator
- Full face
- Modular (also known as ‘flip-up’)
- Open face or 3/4 helmet
- Half helmet
The full face helmet covers the entire head and boasts a rear that goes right down beneath the base of the skull as well as a protective section to cover the chin. A movable visor goes across the eyes and nose while many also include vents to increase airflow to the rider. They are the safest of all motorcycle helmets, if a little uncomfortable on occasion.
Motorcross helmets boast an elongated chin and visor sections for greater protection. They also feature a partially open face to allow airflow to the rider – who wears safety goggles – during intense exercise.
Modular helmets are a cross between full and open face helmets and are recommended for street use. When fully assembled, they are similar to a full face helmet.
3/4 helmets cover the ears, cheeks and back of the head of the rider but do not have a chin bar. Most also include snap on visors but offer comparatively little facial protection.
The half helmets have been dubbed ‘Pudding Basin Helmet’ in the UK due to it’s bowl-like shape. There is no chin strap or lowered back region. Their use is prohibited by some Motorcycle Safety Foundations.
If you suffer an accident on a motorbike, a quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can establish whether you have a clam for road accident compensation. They are experienced and can usually settle out of court. To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.