The sun is setting, the air is crisp, and the crickets are chirping. It’s a perfect summer evening for a motorcycle ride. As you pull out your bike, you can’t help but look forward to feeling the wind in your hair. But then you see your helmet.

While it may be tempting to abandon the helmet in order to get the full feel of the wind in your hair, wearing a helmet is still the best choice. Here are four good reasons why every motorcycle rider in Maryland should wear a helmet:

  1. It keeps bugs away.
    Granted, this is a minor reason for wearing a helmet, but it’s still a nice feature. A full helmet or a half helmet and other eye protection can keep the bugs and wind out of your eyes, ensuring that you can see well throughout the ride.
  2. It’s the law.
    Like it or not, Maryland state law requires that motorcycle riders wear a DOT-approved helmet whenever they ride anywhere in the state. Avoid a ticket; wear the proper headgear.
  3. It could save your life.
    Research proves that a helmet can save your life in the case of a serious Maryland motorcycle crash. Because most motorcycle riders will be involved in a serious crash at sometime throughout their riding years, it pays to practice safety. Statistics show that wearing the right helmet (one that fits you well and is DOT-approved) could reduce your risks of dying in a serious crash by as much as 80 percent.
  4. It will boost your Maryland personal injury lawsuit.
    Many motorcycle accidents end in serious injuries to the rider. This means that you will likely be forced to file a lawsuit demanding extra compensation from the person responsible for your crash. 

Since Maryland is a contributory state, it’s crucial that you can prove you did nothing to contribute to your crash. Being able to prove that you were following the law and wearing your helmet will go a long way in showing that you are a conscientious rider.

If you’ve been in a serious motorcycle accident in Rockville, Silver Springs, or Frederick, you should contact an experienced Maryland motorcycle accident lawyer who can help you recoup damages for your injuries. Call Nickelsporn and Lundin at 800-875-9700 to set up your free initial consultation.