Q: How can I tell if the helmet I was using at the time of my Rockville motorcycle accident was defective?
Wearing a helmet is not a guarantee that you will never die in a Maryland motorcycle accident, but it is a pretty good safeguard. Statistics show that a helmet can greatly reduce your risk of dying or suffering serious head injury in a crash.
If you were wearing a helmet at the time of your Rockville motorcycle accident but still suffered a serious head injury, there is a possibility that your helmet malfunctioned. Similarly, if you lost a loved one due to a head injury in a motorcycle wreck where a helmet was used, something may have been wrong with the helmet.
Your first step is to see whether or not the helmet was truly approved by the Department of Transportation. Not all helmets are DOT approved. A DOT helmet has four basic features: a hard shell, a shock-absorbing liner, a comfort liner, and a chinstrap.
Next you will also want to see if there were any recalls on the particular helmet that you were using. Recalls are issued every year; for more information on recent recalls check out Safer Car.
Unfortunately, a helmet will not necessarily be able to save the life of every rider. Some Maryland motorcycle wrecks are simply too damaging and end up in fatalities even with the use of a fully functioning helmet.
When that happens, you may still be able to recoup damages for your loved one’s final expenses through a Maryland wrongful death lawsuit.
Whether you are looking for more information on what helmets are good to use or if you need a Maryland motorcycle accident lawyer to help prove your helmet malfunction case, call Nickelsporn and Lundin at 800-875-9700 for more information.