Unsafe Motorcycle Helmets

Earlier this year, the NHTSA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in order to help combat the increasing use and sale of unsafe motorcycle helmets. Columbia personal injury attorneys would probably know all too well that statistics show that most motorcycle-related deaths are due to head and traumatic brain injuries.

While the new proposal seeks to increase motorcycle helmet safety in general, it is specifically targeted at what the NHTSA refers to as “novelty helmets.” The NHTSA states that these helmets are poorly constructed, do not meet DOT safety standards, and are frequently marketed and sold for on-road use. The sale of these sub-standard helmets not only pose a threat to motorcyclist, but also the the manufacturers that negligently distribute them to unknowing consumers. If an individual is injured in accident as the result of the negligent actions of a third party, victims and their families may be able to seek retribution and compensation from the responsible party, which in this case would be helmet manufacturers.

It is crucial that these irresponsible helmet manufactures be better regulated to in order to avoid serious harm to innocent consumers. Statistics show that 56 percent of riders suffering from serious head injuries were wearing novelty helmets compared to 19 percent who were wearing DOT-certified head protection. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, motorcycle accidents can have life-changing consequences for victims and their families due to the fact that their relative lack of protection, even a relatively minor accident, can potentially result in severe injuries. Therefore, it is important the the limited protection motorcyclists do have meet safety standards and provide the much needed protection consumers expect.

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