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All right, this may seem like a no-brainer. There are people, however, who would mortgage the farm to equip their motorcycle but economize on their helmet. Bad idea.

Consider what you’re protecting with that helmet. Do you really want to go cheap on this purchase? What happens if you get into a Gurnee motorcycle wreck? Even a Gurnee motorcycle crash lawyer may not be able to help you.

Okay, let’s go over some really good reasons not to buy a used helmet:

  • You don’t know whether it has been damaged in an accident. Inside the outer shell of the helmet is a strip of expanded polystyrene, which is what absorbs the impact during an accident—rather than your head. If the polystyrene has already been compressed, it will not have the same capability if you get into an accident.
  • You don’t know whether heat or chemicals have damaged it. Some riders hang their helmets near the gas tank. The reason this is not a good idea is that petroleum-based products—along with cleaning fluids, exhaust fumes, and excessive heat—degrade the helmet materials, rendering the helmet virtually useless upon impact.
  • You don’t know how old it is. Polystyrene becomes brittle as it ages, again reducing the helmet’s ability to absorb shock. For this reason, also, you should replace your helmet every couple of years.

What’s the bottom line?  Buy a new, DOT-approved helmet. And if you are, unfortunately, injured in a motorcycle accident in Gurnee, contact Gurnee motorcycle crash attorneys Hupy and Abraham. Call us toll free at 800-800-5678 or locally at 414-223-4800. Use our online contact form for a FREE, no-obligation consultation. You can also request our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.

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