Mandatory Helmet – Helmets Save Lives
It’s no coincidence that states with mandatory helmet laws have less deaths annually from motorcycle accidents. Here in Florida many people ride motorcycles and it is important that motorcycles and other vehicles share the road safely. We urge drivers to be aware of motorcyclists and for motorcyclists to make themselves as visible as possible to other motorists. In the case that an accident does occur, however, we urge motorcyclists to wear a helmet to mitigate serious injury.
In Michigan the average medical claim from a motorcycle crash rose by more than one-fifth last year in after the state stopped making helmets mandatory for motorcycle riders. This is further evidence that wearing a helmet can reduce the likelihood of head injury and save money for riders and insurance companies.
Riders without helmets have a greater potential for head injuries and the cost of long term damage for those with brain injuries is steep.
Across the country motorcycle deaths have risen 14 out of the past 15 years, with over 5,000 deaths last year. That’s the highest proportion motorcycles have ever represented of overall traffic deaths, more than 14 percent, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, did a study and found that in states with mandatory helmet laws 98% of motorcycle riders wore helmets, compared to only 58% or riders in states that did not require them. Regardless of laws, we at Wolf & Pravato recommend their use. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, give us a call today and find out how we can help.