Not only is wearing a motorcycle helmet wise. It is also a required by law in Tennessee. This legislation was passed largely in response to a significant number of fatal motorcycle crashes in the state.
Not only must motorcyclists wear helmets, but the headgear must also meet the safety requirements of the state. A good helmet can last for years, but they don’t last forever. How often should you replace your motorcycle helmet?
The average lifespan of helmets
A helmet can look like it’s in peak condition for years, and even decades. However, the reality is that all helmets weaken after time, even without constant use. UV rays from the sun as well as rain and changing temperatures all take their toll on helmet materials. It is for this reason that many manufacturers recommend replacing your old helmet every five years.
When you need to replace it early
It might be necessary to replace your helmet even before wear and tear has started to set in. For example, if your helmet has been dropped from a high shelf onto a hard floor, then it could have sustained damage. The same is true if you have been involved in an accident — even a minor one.
You also want to make sure that your helmet is the right fit. If your body shape has changed significantly, then your helmet may no longer fit properly. The straps on the helmet might also be worn, meaning that the helmet is no longer keeping your head secure.
Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are about having the right safety gear, you could still be hurt in an accident. If the crash was caused by the negligence of another part, then you may be entitled to compensation. It’s in your best interests to seek some legal guidance on the matter.