Brain Injuries And The Importance Of Wearing A Motorcycle Helmet

As discussed on the “Illinois Motorcycle Safety And Helmet Use” page, one of the best ways to avoid serious brain injuries that can result from motorcycle crashes is to wear a motorcycle helmet.  Traumatic brain injuries range in severity and impact on one’s health.  Due to the speeds at which motorcycle accidents typically occur, as well as other common characteristics of motorcycle crashes, head trauma resulting from motorcycle accidents typically is serious in nature, and can cause fatal injuries.

As mentioned on the “Motorcycle Helmets – Notable Aspects” page, not all motorcycle helmets can be relied upon to provide adequate protection against brain injuries during a crash.  There are “unsafe helmets” that, for various reasons, likely will not provide the level of protection needed to prevent brain injuries or otherwise lessen the severity of any head impact.

A recent lawsuit alleges that a helmet sold was deficient and failed to provide adequate protection during a crash.  The lawsuit is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the October 9, 2018 article titled “Illinois motorcyclist sues helmet store, company after crash” as well as the August 31 Madison Record article titled “Motorcyclist alleges injuries from defective helmet.”

An excerpt from the article, mentioning the motorcyclist (plaintiff) Joseph Richards of Alton:

Richards was in an accident Sept. 24, 2016 when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck on Broadway Street in Alton. According to the suit, Richards suffered head injuries from the accident that should have been protected by the helmet. He says his medical bills from the accident cost him more than $100,000.

His injuries were described as permanent, disfiguring and painful in the lawsuit.

The suit states Richards’ injuries were a direct result of the negligence exhibited by both Daytona Helmets and Freaky Nick’s during the manufacturing and the sale of the helmet.

Additional details regarding helmets as a way to prevent brain injuries can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


Should you or someone you care for experience a motorcycle accident injury or fatality in Illinois, please contact the Elman Joseph Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the legal situation and to determine whether a personal injury lawsuit should be filed.  Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC ( is an Illinois personal injury law firm that concentrates in Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.)

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