Some crashes are so catastrophic that it’s obvious that the motorcycle helmet needs to be replaced. It may be severely damaged or even ruined from contact with the pavement.
But what if you’re involved in a crash that doesn’t obviously destroy the helmet? Do you still need to replace it before you ride again?
Helmets should be replaced
The conventional wisdom around motorcycle helmets says that they should be replaced if you were involved in any sort of crash where there was an impact to the helmet itself or to your head. If you struck your head on the other vehicle or the pavement, then you need to get a new helmet, even if your helmet didn’t break and it did protect you through that crash.
The problem is that the crash could have compromised the integrity of the helmet. If you’re involved in another wreck where you’re counting on the exact same helmet to protect you again, you could suffer a traumatic brain injury, a skull fracture or some other type of serious accident Injury. In fact, a compromised helmet could make it more likely that you pass away in the accident, whereas a brand new helmet would have saved your life.
All that being said, even with a brand new helmet, there is no absolute guarantee that you won’t suffer serious injuries in a motorcycle crash. These are some of the most violent and dangerous accidents motorists can be involved in, and you need to know about your legal options to see compensation if someone else caused the wreck.