Motorbike accident protection and
choosing the right helmet
When choosing a motorcycle helmet you should always spend as much as you can afford and if possible, a little more. At the end of the day this one piece of motorbike gear may save your life. Your head and neck are extremely vulnerable on a motorbike, from whiplash to traumatic brain injuries - choosing the right helmet is essential.
All motorcycle helmets produced for the European market have to conform to the current ECE 22.05 standard. This is a 'minimum' standard and therefore there is no real way of identifying how much 'safer' any particular helmet is, apart from possibly the price.
Fit is important, everyone has a different head shape, long and thin, short and fat, oval etc. make sure you try on as many types as possible, a reputable dealer should should offer good advice. Most helmet manufacturers produce helmets that fit the 'average' shape within the size you are looking for, although some also offer a couple of shell variants to choose from.
A good dealer should measure your head size, as people often buy helmets that are one size too big for them based on just 'how it feels' when they try them on. A properly fitted helmet should act like an extension of your own skull, with no excessive movement in any direction when moving. Remember an expensive badly fitting helmet will give you less protection in a motorcycle accident, than a cheaper one that fits properly.
When you have bought your helmet you need to look after it. Carry your helmet using the fastened chin strap or in a helmet bag, and if you manage to drop it - get it checked by your dealer for damage. Clean your helmet with warm water and don't use any strong detergents.
Helmets have a limited lifespan. Polycarbonate helmets should be replaced after about three years and fibreglass helmets after about five, but if you are unsure get it checked by a dealer.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident that wasn't your fault, and it occured within the last 3 years, then you may be able to claim compensation. Just call us on 02392 484 244 and one of our team will be happy to give you expert advice and legal assistance.