Most bikers know that they are more likely to be injured on the road than your average car driver. That’s why it’s so important to wear the right protective gear. In the case of motorcyclists that includes the motorbike helmet.
That helmet is not so much a protective piece of equipment for the average biker, however, it’s also a fashion statement. That’s why many will hold onto their motorbike helmet for many years before they consider changing it.
Unfortunately, this is almost certainly not the right thing to do.
Changing Your Helmet Every Five Years
If you ask manufacturers and those involved with safety in the motorbike industry, the average helmet should be replaced every five years even if it seems in reasonable condition.
Just like your bike, it can deteriorate over time. If you have had a serious knock there may also be invisible damage to the helmet that requires it to be replaced before that time.
Anyone who has watched cricket for a while will have heard of this sort of precaution. If a batsman is hit on the helmet, they not only get a medical check, but they have to change their helmet to a new one before they continue. There may be invisible damage to the headgear that means it’s not protecting the way that it was meant to.
The same is true of motorbike helmets. Even slight damage (for example, if you drop the helmet on the floor) can mean it is no longer suitable for use riding on the road. A slight crack in the surface or some structural damage you don’t notice could be putting you at risk if you have a more serious crash on the road.
Why Bikers Have to Change Their Point of View
The problem with motorbike riders is that the helmet is often seen as a necessary evil. It’s compulsory to wear but a lot of bikers would rather not have one at all. Some use the excuse of a helmet to make a fashion statement. Others treat their helmet with too little respect.
Helmets that are worn a lot also collect plenty of moisture which can further degrade the material and make it less safe during an accident.
Regular inspections of your protective gear are really important. Ideally, you should always check your helmet before you get on your bike. Replacing it every five years should be ingrained and non-negotiable, however, much you like your particular piece of headgear.
What to Do If You Have an Accident
Unfortunately, even with the best protective headgear, you’re more likely to be involved in an accident than someone in a car. If you have recently been in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a personal injury claim.
It’s important to contact a team of solicitors that have experience of dealing with motorbike personal injury claims. They will be able to look at the evidence and help you get the compensation you need to assist in your recovery.