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What should I look for when purchasing a motorcycle helmet?

If you are over the age of 18 it is not required that you wear a helmet while motorcycling in Wisconsin. Statistics show that wearing a helmet helps protect your life if you are involved in a motorcycle crash. In 2010 there were 98 motorcycle crashes in Wisconsin, and only 23 of the riders involved were wearing helmets.

If you have made the decision to buy a helmet, there are a few important things to look for. They are:

  • DOT certified. The most important thing to look for when buying a helmet is whether or not it is DOT certified. A DOT certified helmet means it meets the standards of U.S. Department of Transportation. These helmets are going to provide the most protection.
  • Weight. Riding for a long distance is very wearing on the body. A lightweight helmet will keep your neck from becoming fatigued. Being fatigued while driving can be dangerous.
  • Fit. Wearing a helmet that is too big or small can be just as dangerous as not wearing one at all. Try on different sizes and find the one that fits snugly, but not too tight.
  • Style. For most Wisconsin motorcycle riders, it is important to look good on the bike. There are many different shapes, colors, and designs to pick from.

Wearing a helmet while riding can help minimize your injuries if you are involved in a Wisconsin highway collision, but of course no piece of equipment can keep you 100 percent sale. If you have been the victim of a Wisconsin motorcycle wreck, contact the Wisconsin motorcycle injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham.

With seven offices in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, and with many of our lawyers who enjoy motorcycling, Hupy and Abraham can assure you that your case will be heard respectfully. Give us a call toll-free at 1-800-800-5678, and we will set up a FREE conference with attorneys at our nearest office—and we’ll send you a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, which will be yours to keep even if you don’t hire us.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham