We have seen too many cases of motorcycle crashes in Florida not to be one hundred percent behind wearing a bike helmet. In a separate article we discussed how to purchase a motorcycle helmet, but your choice should always be restricted to those helmets that have been approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

What is a DOT-approved motorcycle helmet?

DOT-approved helmets have been certified as meeting rigorous safety standards. All serious helmet manufacturers or importers will ensure their products get the DOT certification, because in states with mandatory helmet laws and in many insurance contracts, only DOT-approved helmets qualify. Helmets that do not qualify are likely to offer insufficient or no protection. If you are going to wear a helmet, choose a DOT-approved one. Each approved model undergoes rigorous testing to ensure that it meets safety regulations, including impact tests, drop tests and tests to verify if the helmet remains securely on the rider's head during travel and in an accident. All helmets should have at least a 210 degree field of vision.

How do you know if a helmet is DOT-approved?

Look at the DOT sticker, usually found at the back of the helmet, towards the bottom. You will normally also find a DOT label sewn into the lining.

The Daytona Beach motorcycle accident attorneys of Johnson & Gilbert are dedicated to the safety of their clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash in Central or North Florida, call us today toll free at (800) 556-8890 and locally at (386) 673-4412 or fill out the form on this page for a free consultation.
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