There’s no doubt that a full-face lid is safer than an open face. But here’s the argument
The numbers you see on each section of this Icon Airframe helmet below represent the exposure of that section in a crash. And that 19,4% means that the chances to hit the asphalt with your chin are not low. In fact, it’s the most exposed part in the event of an accident.
“Motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a traffic crash than the drivers of passenger cars. Wearing an appropriate helmet improves their chances of survival by 42 per cent and helps avoid 69 per cent of injuries to riders”, according to the United Nations Motorcycle Helmet Study.
However, it’s not just the open-face/full-face status of the helmet that should concern you. The most important thing is to buy a high-quality helmet to avoid brain injuries, which are way more dangerous than head injuries.
“A motorcycle crash may result in head injuries, through either a direct contact with hard objects or as a result of excessive acceleration–deceleration. Most traumatic brain injuries are the result of closed head injuries, when there is no open wound. The motorcycle helmet is designed to minimize the risks of all kinds of head injuries. Helmet standards and regulations have been developed to test the effectiveness of helmets in providing protection”, according to the same study.