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Will brighter colors actually help prevent a motorcycle crash?

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2022 | Motorcycle Accidents |

Motorcycle safety needs to be on your mind all the time when you ride regularly. There is always a risk of another driver making a mistake or not seeing you on the road, which is why it’s so important for you to wear the right gear to protect yourself.

While wearing a helmet and appropriate gear will protect your body if you’re hit, you probably also want to know what you can do to prevent getting hit. Interestingly, the color you wear could play a role in how safe you are on the road.

What color is best for a motorcycle helmet?

On your motorcycle, your helmet is going to be the highest part of your profile. It’s what may catch a driver’s attention and make sure they see you before pulling out in front of you or changing lanes.

Research has found that white helmets are linked to a 24% lower risk of suffering from crash injuries when compared to black helmets. In a study with 1,223 motorcyclists, it was determined that a few other colors were also linked to a lower risk of injury. Those colors included:

  • White
  • Beige
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Cream

Altogether, the helmets were associated with a reduced risk of crash-related injuries at a rate of around 19%.

Light colors are more visible

Wearing light, bright colors makes you more visible when you ride. The bold contrast to the colors found in the local environment, like the blue sky or green landscaping around you, makes it easier for other drivers to see you.

Black helmets are the least likely to protect against collisions, but all other colors had at least a minor impact on the risk of crashing. Even blue motorcycle helmets, which may blend in more than others, had a 4% reduced risk.

Wearing a white helmet may be your best bet of avoiding a motorcycle crash by making yourself visible, so there is truth to the claim that what you wear and its color matters. Regardless of what you wear, though, drivers are responsible for avoiding you on the road and yielding when you have the right-of-way. If you’re hit, then they could be held liable for your injuries.

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