First of all, the Gurnee motorcycle accident lawyers in our office want to applaud your efforts for wanting to find out. Buying a helmet that is approved by one of the major safety institutes is a smart way to help prevent a serious motorcycle accident injury.
As we have mentioned in our previous blogs and articles, the four main regulators for helmet safety are:
- DOT: U.S. Department of Transportation
- Snell: The Snell Memorial Foundation
- ECE: The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
- BSI: The British Standards Institute
While each regulator performs different tests to check the safety of the helmet, they all have a common goal: protecting a motorcyclist’s head in the event of an accident.
If a helmet is certified by any of the above regulators, it will be clearly marked somewhere on the helmet. For example, all DOT-certified helmets have a DOT sticker on the back of the helmet, at the bottom. Make sure to check the inside of the helmet, including on the tag and underneath the comfort padding. Never assume that a helmet is certified unless you can actually see the certification.
Certifications are almost always listed in the description of any helmet you are buying online, and can also be found on the box that the helmet is packaged in.
If you are dealing with an injury caused by a Gurnee motorcycle accident, call Hupy and Abraham today at 800.800.5678 for your complimentary case evaluation and free book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.