The origins of the collision helmet can be traced back to Brooklands Racetrack in early 1914,[4] when a doctor, Dr. Eric Gardner, noticed that he saw a motorcyclist with a head injury approximately every two weeks. He asked a Mr. Moss of Bethnal Green to make canvas and shellac helmets stiff enough to survive a hard blow and smooth enough to anticipate any projections he encountered. He introduced the design of the Auto-Cycle Union, where it was first condemned but later turned into the idea, making it mandatory for the Isle of Man TT race in 1914, despite opposition from the drivers. Gardner took 94 of those helmets to the Isle of Man, and a runner who hit a goal with a fleeting shot was saved by the helmet. Dr. Gardner later received a letter from the Isle of Man Medical Officer, stating that she had received the T.T. There were usually “several interesting cases of concussion,” but there were none in 1914. Motorcycle helmets consist of an inner shell made of polystyrene foam, which absorbs the impact of an impact, and a protective outer layer of plastic.

There are several variants, especially helmets that cover the chin area and helmets that don`t. [3] Some headsets offer additional amenities such as ventilation, face shield, sun visors, hearing protection, or intercom. Since the time of 1973, when the introduction of a helmet requirement was deemed unnecessary, there were only a few principled people left, as the vast majority (88%) of motorcyclists wore helmets anyway and this was perceived as an abuse of legislative power and the freedom of freedoms was eliminated. It wasn`t until thirty-two years later that motorcycle helmets became mandatory for civilians in the UK. Currently, about half of states require helmets for all motorcyclists. Most other states require helmets for some cyclists, and some don`t have helmet laws. GHSA calls on all states to adopt a universal motorcycle helmet law and vigorously enforce existing laws. Although it has already been speculated that wearing a motorcycle helmet in an accident increases neck and spine injuries, recent evidence has shown the opposite: helmets protect against cervical spine injuries. A study often cited to claim that helmets could increase the incidence of neck and spine injuries dates back to the mid-1980s and “used flawed statistical reasoning.” [9] [10] [11] I am afraid I have the Honourable Hon.

However, I do not want to hesitate to accept loss of life that could otherwise have been avoided by violating this principle. As I said in the helmet debate, many lives have been and are being established in order to preserve the essence of personal freedom in a society that lives under the rule of law. In May 1935, T. E. Lawrence (known as Lawrence of Arabia) was involved in an accident on a Brough Superior SS100 on a narrow road near his home near Wareham. The accident occurred because a hollow in the road obstructed his view of two boys on a bicycle. Lawrence lost control and was thrown over the handlebars. [5] He is not wearing a helmet and suffered severe head injuries that caused him to fall into a coma; He died after six days in hospital. One of the doctors who treated him was Hugh Cairns, a neurosurgeon who, after Lawrence`s death, began a lengthy study of what he considered an unnecessary loss of life by motorcyclists as a result of head injuries. Cairns` research has led to the increased use of safety helmets by military and civilian motorcyclists. [6] And the British Army made helmets mandatory for its drivers in November 1941.

[7] The open face or “three-quarter helmet” covers the ears, cheeks and back of the head, but the lower chin strap of the full-face helmet is missing. Many offer fast-acting visors that can be used by the driver to reduce glare from sunlight. An open face helmet offers the same rear protection as a full-face helmet, but little protection for the face, even in the event of a non-accident. Many modular helmets are designed to be worn only in the closed position, as the moving chin strap is designed as a useful comfort feature when you`re not actively riding. The curved shape of an open chin guard and facial protection section can lead to increased wind resistance while driving, as air does not circulate around an open-module helmet like a three-quarter helmet. Since the chin strap section also protrudes farther from the forehead than a three-quarter visor, driving the helmet in an open position can pose an increased risk of neck injury in the event of an accident. Some modular helmets are doubly certified as full-face and open helmets. The chin strap of these helmets offers real protection and they can be used in the “open” position. An example of such a helmet would be the BMW Motorrad System 6. The jury has not yet decided in this debate, considering that at that time, about 80% of motorcyclists wore a helmet anyway. After federal sanctions were abolished for states without universal motorcycle helmet laws in 1975, half of the states completely abolished or weakened their laws so that they only apply to young motorcyclists.1,11,15 Several states have since reinstated, weakened, or otherwise amended their motorcycle helmet laws.1,11,15 By 2021, 18 states and the District of Columbia had universal motorcycle helmet laws. 29 states had laws requiring helmet use for certain motorcyclists, and three states had no motorcycle helmet laws.13 See above for current legislation.

“There is a precedent, and only one in the strict sense, for what we do, and it is a precedent. I am referring to the legislation passed under the previous government, which made it a criminal offence to operate a motorcycle without a helmet. I believe that this was the first case and this proposal was not shaken when it was made a criminal offence (…).