Motorcycle helmets remain the best and first line of defense to prevention and reduction of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in motorcycle accidents. One area where they have remained ineffective, however, are in low speed accidents where concussions are the most common type of head injury. Leave it to a California company, where cruising down Pacific Coast Highway remains the dream of many motorcycle enthusiasts, to redesign the helmet in such a fashion that risk of both TBIs and concussions will decrease.
The company, 6D Helmet in California, took the basic helmet of Styrofoam in a hard plastic shell, used dampeners between 2 Styrofoam layers to distribute the impact. When struck, the force of impact is evenly distributed around the helmet, reducing the risk of traumatic brain injury. After testing the new helmet against old helmets, the research showed that during impact of 4.5 mph, a conventional helmet gives about 79 g of force to the person’s head, but in this newly designed helmet, the person only gets about 49 g of force. The new helmet also addresses other injuries that old helmets caused.
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, as the sides of the helmet detach upon impact.
The helmet also comes with additional padding in the chin to prevent injuries to the sternum. Screws placed inside the helmet also collapse during impact, so that the impact doesn’t twist the head to the side, causing serious neck injuries.
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