Helmets can often be an issue of contention among motorcyclists, with many bikers preferring not to wear them in favor of feeling the wind in their hair. Additionally, it can be argued that helmets reduce visibility and make it more difficult for motorcyclists to operate safely on the road. On the other side of the spectrum, many studies support the claim that helmets can make the difference between life and death, with many states having specific laws in place to ensure that motorcyclists wear helmets for their own good.
One Oklahoma resident who was recently involved in a motorcycle accident is no doubt in the latter camp now, claiming that he would not be alive if it were not for his helmet. According to reports, the man was riding his motorcycle to work one morning when he was suddenly cut off by another vehicle. He crashed while going more than 40 miles per hour and hit the ground, flipping with his motorcycle several times. The man remembers thinking that he was certainly dead, but while his head struck the ground first, his helmet absorbed most of the impact.
Though he is suffering from many injuries as a result of the accident, including bruised ribs and possibly a bruised lung and cracked wrist, the man is certain that he would not be alive if he had not been wearing a helmet.
Accidents like this are all too common for motorcyclists, who seem to continuously find themselves in accidents in which the other drivers simply did not notice them or did not give them the right of way they deserve on the road. Motorcyclists are encouraged to wear helmets at all times, but they should also know that if they are injured in a motorcycle accident in which they were not at fault, they can be compensated, even if they were not wearing a helmet. Those who lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident can also recover compensation on behalf of the deceased individual.