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.
Avoiding road accident injuries with motorcycle helmets – helmet types
In all, there are five basic types of motorcycle helmet.
- 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.
The importance of being a good fit
It is really important that whatever motorcycle helmet type you have, that if fits you properly. One that is too big and moves about cannot do it’d job properly. It is worth spending the extra money on a good quality motorcycle helmet from a reputable dealer as there are many fakes one the market.
Fake helmets, or ones that have been dropped, may not give you the protection they should. As 80% of motorbike riders deaths are from head injuries, the importance of your motorcycle helmet cannot be stressed enough.
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. We are experienced and can usually settle out of court. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile now.
Date Published: January 14, 2014
Author: David Brown