Motorcycle Helmet Fact Sheet
When motorcycles were first built in 1885, there was little need to worry about helmets, as the top speed was low. As time went on and people found a need for speed on motorcycles, the accident fatalities began to climb. In 1953, Professor Charles F. Lombard patented a helmet designed for absorbing energy with padding to protect against impacts. Since then, there has been much debate regarding safety regulations and helmet laws. The designs for motorcycle helmets have also been changing constantly. They come in many shapes, sizes, colors and designs. One thing they all have in common is that they all have to pass standard safety regulations set by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).