Even the most minor motorcycle accidents can cause serious, yet virtually invisible, damage to a motorcycle helmet. Minor scratches or small dents often fail to accurately reflect any interior issues with the inner protective padding, which is why it is so important to discard a helmet if it has been involved in a wreck.
According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, if your head struck anything at all during a motorcycle accident, chances are that the helmet absorbed at least some impact shock. This can have a serious impact on the effectiveness of the helmet in the event of another accident, which is why it should be replaced.
Most helmet manufacturers are willing to inspect a damaged helmet and make repairs if necessary, but when in doubt, it is typically best to simply buy a new one.
The same holds true if a helmet is dropped harder than normal. While helmets are designed to be durable enough to withstand normal wear and tear, if your helmet fell from a significant height or from the back of a fast-moving vehicle, chances are that the interior or the outer shell may have sustained some damage and it should be replaced to be on the safe side.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a motorcycle accident? You need information. The lawyers at Walker, Billingsley and Bair are not only available to provide complimentary case evaluations that outline all of your different options, but they can also provide you with a free copy of their book, the Iowa Consumer’s Guide to Motorcycle Crashes. Simply call 641-792-3595 to set up an appointment or request your free copy today.