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Motorcycle Helmet Laws Could Save Lives and Money

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Updated December 29, 2018 | Motorcycle Accidents |


A recent report published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that injuries and deaths related to motorcycle crashes were significantly reduced by the use of motorcycle helmets.

According to the report, motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities across the nation in 2010, despite the fact that motorcycles traveled less than 1% of all vehicle miles driven. The report authors also stated the most effective way to raise the rate of helmet use is to adopt a universal motorcycle helmet law that requires all drivers and passengers to wear a helmet whenever traveling on a motorcycle.

Motorcycle Helmets Save Lives

Motorcycle helmet use saved about $3 billion across the nation in 2010. The authors stated, however, that an additional $1.4 billion would have been saved if everyone riding on a motorcycle in 2010 was wearing a helmet.

Helmet use in states with a universal helmet law saved an average of $725 in medical and productivity costs per registered motorcycle. In states without such a law, helmet use reportedly saved an average of $198 per registered motorcycle. The authors stated the cost savings from helmet use ranged from about $1,627 per registered motorcycle in North Carolina to $48 in New Mexico. According to the report, 23 of the 25 states that fell below the median helmet use cost savings of $286 were either partial helmet law states, such as Indiana, or states without a helmet law.

Motorcycle Fatalities in the United States

Between 2008 and 2010, 14,283 people were killed in motorcycle crashes throughout the United States. In 2010 specifically:

  • 42% of those killed were not wearing a protective helmet at the time of the accident
  • In states with a universal helmet law, about 12% of those killed in a motorcycle crash were not wearing a helmet
  • In states with a partial helmet law (requiring only a subset of the population to wear a protective helmet), approximately 63% of those killed in a motorcycle crash were not wearing a helmet
  • In states without a helmet law, about 79% of those killed in a motorcycle crash were not wearing a helmet

Accident rates imply that motorcycle helmet laws save lives.

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a motorcycle accident, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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