Not All Motorcycle Helmets Offer Adequate Protection

With the weather becoming increasingly nicer, there is a noticeable change on our roadways. Motorcycles are becoming more prevalent in the daily traffic so we should all take the necessary precautions to keep ourselves and others safe.

Worldwide, motorcycles are the major contributor to road crashes involving deaths and serious injury. In response, US states and foreign countries have enacted motorcycle helmet laws. There is much scientific research and evidence to prove that wearing helmets leads to a marked decrease in the number of rider deaths and injuries, however, few studies have addressed the role played by different types of helmets in preventing head and facial injuries. In an article appearing in the March 2014 issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery titled “How Safe is Your Motorcycle Helmet?”, such details were addressed in a study.

Researchers in Brazil compared the role of two types of helmets– full-face and open face– and their effect on the decrease of incidences of head and facial injuries among motorcycle riders. A total of 253 motorcyclists with such injuries as facial fracture and traumatic brain injuries were referred to the research facility. Of this number a staggering 156 riders reported having used no helmet at all. Of the remainder, 56 used open-face helmets, and 46 used full-face helmets. The difference in the severity of the injuries for those not using a helmet were staggeringly more than those who used either type. For those using helmets, there was a significant greater number of riders sustaining traumatic brain injuries using open-face helmets in comparison to full-face helmets. The researchers’ results concluded that full-face helmets offer better protection and lowers the riders risk of serious injuries and death in the case of a crash.

We encourage you to seriously consider these statistics and to please wear adequate protection when riding this summer.