Although the motorcycle helmets seem to have been around forever, that really is not the case. Although the first motorcycle was invented in 1885, it was not until 1953 that the first patent was applied for on behalf of the first motorcycle helmet. Was there a good reason for not having something to protect the head during all of those years? The answer to that is a little complicated, as they probably were not all that necessary in the beginning. The first motorcycle, invented by Gottlieb Daimler was built for fun instead of for speed. This is probably why no one thought of helmets back then.
But as time went on and technology progressed, the motorcycles starting gaining vicious speed. Finally, after Indian Motorcycles and Harley-Davidson starting making their motorcycles that were built for extreme speed, the helmet was invented. The inventor of the motorcycle helmet was Professor C.F. Lombard from the University of Southern California. Once he got the ball rolling, helmet manufacturers started popping up all over the place.
You would think that after it was proven time and time again with motorcycle accidents that everyone on motorcycles would wear their helmets with no questions asked. That was not the case though. It turns out that many people found the helmets to be too silly looking or too un-cool to wear. But in 1966, the Highway Safety Act was introduced that required all states in the United States to have mandatory helmet laws. Following the demand was the only way to make sure that they received funds for the highway maintenance and construction that was need.
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