There is no denying the fact that a motorcyclist should wear protective gear, including a helmet, at all times. This is extremely important, as it can save a person's life in the event of an accident.
There are times when motorcyclists wear an unsafe helmet. Some people know they are doing this, but others truly believe that their helmet meets all safety standards.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in an attempt to protect motorcyclists from wearing unsafe helmets. Along with this, it would help states enforce helmet laws.
Novelty motorcycle helmets continue to grow in popularity. This is a problem for one key reason: the helmets may look good, but they are poorly constructed. As a result, they do not meet Department of Transportation safety guidelines.
The U.S. Transportation secretary added the following in a recent news release:
"Motorcycle rider deaths are disproportionally high. Our nation lost 4,668 motorcyclists in 2013 alone and protective helmets could have saved many of those lives."
Every year, motorcycle helmets help save thousands of lives. Wearing a helmet can also help a person prevent serious brain injury. There are people who don't understand why they need to wear a helmet.
There are also those who think a novelty helmet provides enough protection. The Department of Transportation is hoping to change this.
As a motorcyclist, you know it can be enjoyable to take on the open road. You also realize that others don't share your enthusiasm, which increases the likelihood of being involved in an accident.