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Preventing Serious Injuries in Texas Motorcycle Accidents

Experienced motorcyclists know that safety is a major concern every time they hit the road. No matter how cautious a motorcyclist is, an accident can happen with little to no warning. When they do, riders are often left receiving the full impact of the collision. Motorcycles do not have the protections offered by other motor vehicles; as a result, almost any motorcycle accident can have serious consequences.

While there are several ways to improve motorcycle safety, helmets often receive the most attention. Several states have laws that mandate helmet use, but Texas is not one of them. Motorcyclists 20 and under are required to wear helmets within the state, but that ends once a person turns 21.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, helmets reduce the amount of motorcycle deaths by 37 percent. However, not every helmet is created equal. Certain helmets do not meet the specific criteria set by the U.S. Department of Transportation, and therefore may not offer protection in a crash. Some manufacturers may even place a DoT sticker on the helmet even though it has not been inspected.

New technology is constantly being developed that will make helmets better suited for motorcyclists. Many riders feel that a helmet restricts their field of vision, making it difficult to see what is happening on their sides. New helmets offer a wider eye-port, which will allow a motorcyclist to see more without having to take his or her eyes off the road.

Perhaps more importantly, the new technology is focusing on a way to reduce serious head injuries. Helmets are being developed that do a better job of absorbing the impact of crashes. Finding a way to reduce the force of the accident can go a long way toward reducing the number of traumatic brain injuries that often result in motorcycle crashes.

Source: TechNewsWorld, "Keeping a Lid on It: New Motorcycle Helmet Technologies" Vivian Wagner, March 13, 2012.

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