An article in The Orange County Register tells of a Huntington Beach motorcyclist killed in a Ventura County motorcycle accident on Highway 101 earlier this year. The biker suffered severe head and upper body injuries when he was thrown from his bike. According to this article, the 56-year old biker’s helmet was not compliant with Department of Transportation (DOT) standards. California Highway Patrol indicated that the use of a DOT certified helmet might have saved the life of this California motorcyclist.
California law requires all California motorcyclists and their passengers to wear safety helmets that meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218. Motorcycle helmets that are DOT compliant meet this standard. However, some motorcycle helmets on the market today do not meet the DOT minimum safety standards. Many bikers in California wear novelty helmets, which often look like half helmets, because they weigh less and are less restrictive than certified motorcycle helmets. However, novelty helmets do not provide head protection in a motorcycle crash. According to a 2007 novelty helmet test performed by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists wearing novelty helmets are more likely to suffer brain injuries and skull fractures in a motorcycle crash than those wearing DOT compliant helmets.
There are a few ways to tell the difference between a novelty helmet and a DOT certified helmet. Novelty helmets usually have a thinner inner lining, a weaker chinstrap, and they cost less than DOT certified motorcycle helmets. DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets have a DOT sticker on the back of the helmet and an identifying label inside. However, you need to watch out for novelty motorcycle helmets disguised with fake DOT stickers and labels to look like DOT certified helmets. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration website has a detailed comparison to help determine the difference.
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