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Debunking common myths about motorcycle helmets

The nationwide debate centering on the safety of using motorcycle helmets is nothing new. It reaches every corner of the U.S. with people from all walks of life weighing in on the issue. Oklahoma is home to many motorcycle enthusiasts and while none of these citizens wants to experience a motorcycle accident, the benefits of helmet use remain unclear.

It may surprise people all across America to learn that many of the beliefs associated with motorcycle helmets are merely myths. Debunking these myths can help riders survive if they ever do become involved in a motorcycle accident. Below are a few of the myths surrounding helmet use and the information that refutes them.

-- Leads to spine and neck injuries: Several governmental studies revealed that riders who were not wearing helmets suffered more of these injuries than helmeted riders did.

-- Restricts ability to hear traffic sounds: Again, studies have shown that helmets may actually reduce sounds like wind noise that can drown out traffic sounds.

-- Restricts peripheral vision: Federal safety standards require helmets to provide over 200 degrees of vision. Most motorcycle accidents occur within 160 degrees of vision.

-- Leads to risky behaviors: None of the research geared towards helmet use has indicated that those who use helmets engage in risk-taking behaviors.

Until a definitive argument arises proving that helmets are unsafe, it is wise for all who ride to wear this important piece of safety equipment. Doing so can ensure your survival if you do become involved in a motorcycle accident. If a negligent motorist has injured you on your bike, it is a good idea to discuss your options to find a legal remedy with a personal injury lawyer.

Source: Smarter-USA.org, "Motorcycle Helmets Common Myths and the Facts," accessed April 25, 2017

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