As you have likely heard, you should always wear a helmet any time you hit the road in an uncovered vehicle such as a moped or motorcycle. This is one of the only ways you can prevent yourself from suffering from head injuries in the event of a crash.
It is important to know the extent of the protection helmets offer you, though. This way, you can react appropriately if you do get involved in a crash and know what medical attention you may need.
Reduction of injury
The National Library of Medicine takes a look at how helmets can impact safety in a crash. All studies essentially show the same thing: that wearing a helmet is the best way to reduce your chances of suffering from a serious or fatal head injury. It protects your skull and brain, reducing your chances of cerebral contusion, skull fracture and intracranial hemorrhaging among other injuries. Anyone who hits the road should always wear a proper helmet in the right way.
Where do helmets fall flat?
However, these studies also reveal some problems with helmets. For one, helmets do not provide full protection from any sort of injury. On top of that, helmets do not protect against all injuries equally. While cerebral contusions saw a reduction of 71 percent, intracranial hemorrhaging only saw a reduction of 53 percent.
In essence, there is room to improve helmets or to create new safety measures that could provide motorcyclists with even more security. But for now, wearing a helmet is always better than wearing nothing at all, as even a moderate reduction of injury is better than nothing.