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Protect Your Head and Face With a Motorcycle Helmet

By Lipton Law on June 28, 2012 - No comments

Michigan motorcycle helmet requirements were recently revised to allow properly insured riders to go without helmets if they choose. However, any experienced motorcyclist will tell you that a helmet can save your life in some accidents. Motorcycle helmets are also a key factor in preventing or reducing serious injuries to the head or face.

Motorcycle Helmets MichiganAccording to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle helmets significantly reduce both the number and the severity of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and scarring or permanent facial injuries, including the loss of one or both eyes. The study examined crash data from 104,472 accidents over a three-year time period. About 57 percent of the motorcyclists involved were wearing helmets when they crashed, and about 43 percent were not.

The study found that in both groups, about 40 percent of injured motorcyclists needed hospital care for an injury following an accident. However, the rate of head and face injuries was nearly 20 percent lower among those who wore helmets. In addition, bikers who wore helmets had less severe brain injuries when they did occur, were able to leave the hospital several days sooner, and were much less likely to die while in the hospital than riders who were not wearing helmets.

Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries. Bikers and their passengers are at an increased risk for harm because they are not protected by the walls of a car, like motorists are. If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident, call the experienced Oakland County, MI motorcycle accident attorneys at Lipton Law today for a free, confidential consultation. Our number is (248) 557-1688.


NHTSA Warns Against Potentially Defective Motorcycle Helmets

By Lipton Law on June 20, 2012 - No comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued warnings to motorcyclists: Avoid the 5×5 SA-08 motorcycle helmet. These helmets do not meet federal safety and protection requirements and may not provide the protection you need if you’re in a motorcycle accident.

The SA-08 is currently the only 5×5 brand helmet the NHTSA has warned against wearing. About 14,000 of the helmets have been sold in the United States since a California company, Tank Sports Inc., began importing them.

During federal safety testing, three of the four helmets tested were penetrated by objects or debris in situations in which federally-approved helmets would not have suffered such severe damage. Damage occurred to both the helmet’s outer shell and its inner lining. In an actual crash, the easy penetration of the helmet could cause serious injuries or even death, when a helmet that meets federal safety standards may provide life-saving protection.

The importing company was unable to complete the NHTSA’s product recall process before it filed for bankruptcy. In place of the recall, the NHTSA issued the official warning so that consumers who had purchased the helmets would be aware of the potential safety issues and be able to take steps to protect themselves by choosing a helmet that meets federal safety standards instead.

Motorcycle helmets can decrease your chances of death or serious injury, but you can’t prevent every possible crash. If you or someone you love is injured in a motorcycle accident, a knowledgeable Genesee County motorcycle accident attorney at Lipton Law is here to help. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free case evaluation.