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How can I spot an unsafe motorcycle helmet?

Motorcycle helmets are one of the keys of safety for anyone who is going to get on one of these vehicles. It isn't enough to just have a helmet on. Instead, you have to make sure that you have one that is safe and can keep you protected if you are in an accident.

What labels should be on the helmet?

Helmets that meet the safety requirements set by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218 must have a manufacturer label, a Department of Transportation sticker, and either an American National Standards Institute or Snell label. It is important to remember that just because helmets have these labels, that doesn't mean that they meet the safety requirements.

What are some other points to look at?

You should also look at the construction of the helmet to determine if it meets certain standards. The helmet should have a sturdy chinstrap that is riveted to the helmet. It should also have thick padding that is about 1-inch thick. The weight of the helmet is also important. It is very unlikely that light helmets will meet current safety standards. Instead, the helmet should weigh about 3 pounds. The design of the helmet is important, too. Department Of Transportation standards don't allow anything to protrude more than two-tenths of an inch from the helmet's surface.

If you are involved in a motorcycle crash, you might be seriously injured. If the accident was the fault of the other motorist, you might decide to seek compensation for your injuries. Compensation could help you to make ends meet and take some of the financial pressure off of you while you recover.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "How to Identify Unsafe Motorcycle Helmets," accessed Aug. 04, 2016

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