Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyers: Buying an Effective Motorcycle Helmet

In Maryland, wearing a motorcycle helmet is not just a smart idea, but it is also the law. Maryland is one of 20 states, plus Washington, D.C., that have a universal helmet law on the books, which requires all riders to wear a helmet.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that a universal helmet law is the single most effective way for states to save lives and money. However, a novelty or ill-fitting helmet provides you little protection and may even cause further head trauma. Not to mention, an uncomfortable helmet can spoil the enjoyment of riding. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) offers important tips for choosing the right helmet.

  • DOT sticker — To satisfy MD regulations, make sure the helmet has a DOT sticker that certifies it meets U.S. Department of Transportation manufacturing safety testing standards.
  • Snell label — The Snell label means the helmet complies with the strict Snell Memorial Foundation standards.
  • Hard outer shell — The outside of the helmet should resist penetration upon impact.
  • Impact-absorbing liner — The thick padding is designed to absorb shock to protect your brain from injury during a wreck.
  • Comfort liner — The foam and cloth material next to your head should feel comfortable.
  • Appropriate size — The helmet should fit snugly and sit squarely on your head so it does not move while you ride or come off during a wreck.
  • Peripheral vision — Make sure you have at least 105-degree peripheral vision to each side.
  • Secure chinstrap — Adjust the chinstrap to hold the helmet securely on your head.
  • Face shield — A full-face helmet provides the most protection, but if you prefer a three-quarter or shorty helmet, wear a snap-on visor or goggles to protect your face and eyes.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Maryland motorcycle accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or online to discuss your legal rights and options. Let us fight for you.