Protect Your Head - Helmets May Look Silly, But The Can Prevent Traumatic Brain Injury
When you are doing any kind of work outdoors, or you are riding around on a scooter, a bicycle, or a motorcycle, you want to make sure to protect your head at all times. Many people say no to helmets because they find that they are uncomfortable, can mess up their hair, and cause them to sweat. But isn't all that better than the alternative?
If you get into an accident and you weren't wearing a helmet, the consequences of that action may prove to be dire. There really is no valid and good reason for choosing not to wear a helmet while participating in certain outdoor activities.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Also known as a TBI, a traumatic brain injury is usually the result of an impact. This impact can cause a concussion or open skull fracture. Even seemingly mild head injuries can end up causing permanent behavioral and cognitive problems including memory loss, the inability to concentrate, sleep disorders, and even more permanent disability and death in some cases.
However, when you wear a helmet, you reduce your risk of a TBI significantly if you were to experience a sudden impact, a fall, or collision. This is because a lot of the impact will be absorbed by the helmet rather than your head.
Wearing the Right Helmet
Wearing a helmet isn't enough either. You have to make sure you are wearing the right helmet. There are different helmets that have been designed for different activities. Wear a helmet that is appropriate for what you are doing or else it will not be able to protect you as it should.
The helmet should feel comfortable, but it should also have a snug fit. It should sit evenly on the head rather than be tilted back or pulled down too low over the forehead. It also should remain firmly in place and not move in any direction.
It should also be equipped with a safety buckle to keep it in place and prevent it from falling off during an impact. Finally, it should be easy to adjust and shouldn't require too many adjustments to fit properly in the first place.
One or Multiple Impacts
Always read the manufacturer's recommendations and guidelines. Some helmets are designed to withstand only one impact, while others can withstand multiple impacts. Bicycle helmets, for example, were designed to help with a fall onto hard pavement. The foam inside of the helmet helps to absorb some of that impact.
If the impact is severe, you may need to replace the helmet. If you notice any visible signs of damage like dents or cracks in the shell of the helmet, throw it out and purchase a new one.
Having the right helmet is just one small portion of the equation. Yes, a helmet can go a long way to protect your head, but you also have to be aware of your surroundings and practice good safety habits while you are outdoors.
Watch your speed, obey all traffic signs and signals, be mindful of others on the road and those around you, and watch for things that can cause a fall or collision.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a collision as a pedestrian and have suffered injuries as a result, don't hesitate to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.