Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a serious risk when riding a motorcycle. A rider has very little protection, and getting thrown from the bike can lead a rider to strike their head on the other vehicle, on the pavement or on a stationary object nearby.
To prevent these TBIs, there are two main types of helmets that riders wear. The first is a simple helmet that protects the crown of the head and buckles under the chin, like a cycling helmet. The second is a helmet with a full face shield, like those worn by racecar drivers.
Which is better? Many people like the look and feel of the smaller helmet, assuming that it covers the crown of the head and still offers enough protection, but is the full helmet even better?
The numbers paint a clear picture
All you have to do to see how much safer the full-face helmets are is to take a look at the numbers. When comparing the areas of impact in a crash, the highest percentages are on the chin and right above the eyes — both places for which a face shield offers more protection.
It’s actually rather uncommon for a rider to strike the crown of their head. It happens, but it’s much more likely that the front of their forehead or their face itself will take the biggest impact. A helmet that doesn’t cover these areas leaves the rider open to far more severe injuries and possible disfigurement.
After you get injured in a motorcycle wreck
Of course, there is no helmet that guarantees you won’t get injured when someone hits your bike. Make sure you know how to seek financial compensation for your losses if you’re the victim of a negligent driver.