For years now, motorcycle helmets have been the only aid to reduce the risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident. However, motorcycle helmets may not work to help prevent injury in every type of accident. Oddly enough, many helmets cannot help prevent concussions that occur in low speed accidents. A new dual-lair motorcycle helmet design aims at tackling this very problem.
A motorcycle helmet is basically made of Styrofoam in a hard plastic shell, and the design of the helmet has not changed much since it was introduced several decades ago. However, researchers are now working on a new helmet design that could possibly revolutionize safety for motorcyclists.
The company 6D Helmets is based in California. Researchers there have developed a helmet that uses dampeners between 2 Styrofoam layers to distribute impact. During impact, the force is dissipated evenly around the helmet, reducing the risk of traumatic brain injury.
What motorcycle accident lawyers find very interesting is that the design also includes a number of other safety features to reduce the risk of injury. For instance, in many motorcycle accidents, the person can suffer fractures below the neck, when the helmet is pushed downwards and strikes the collarbone. That problem is eliminated with the new motorcycle helmet design, in which the sides of the helmet detach upon impact.
The helmet also comes with additional padding in the chin to prevent injuries to the sternum. Besides, screws placed inside the helmet collapse during impact, so that the impact doesn’t twist the head to the side, causing serious neck injuries.
According to the research, during impact of 4.5 mph, a conventional helmet gives about 79 g of force to the person’s head, but in this new motorcycle helmet design, the person only gets about 49 g of force.
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