We all know that you should wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. But have you ever wondered exactly how many motorcyclists lives helmets save each year? Or how many lives could’ve been saved? Let’s look a little closer at what the data tells us about how helmets save motorcyclists.
The data is clear: wearing a helmet saves motorcyclists’ lives. Consider some of the following figures from the National Safety Council and the CDC:
Clearly, the case for wearing a helmet is a compelling one. In addition to saving lives and preventing injuries, helmet use can save costs. One NHTSA report found that helmet use saved an estimated $3 billion in economic costs (such as medical care and emergency response) in 2016 alone.
Even though helmets are vital to saving lies and preventing serious injury, not all motorcyclists wear them.
Some states, including Washington, have a universal helmet law, requiring riders to wear helmets or risk being ticketed. Having a law in place is one of the most effective ways that states can increase helmet use and reduce fatalities.
In a newly-released report from the NHTSA, it was found that in states without universal helmet laws, 57% of motorcyclists killed in crashes were not wearing a helmet. Compare this to just 9% in states with universal helmet laws.
Since your helmet is your most important piece of safety equipment, it’s important to select it with care. Here are a few things to remember when choosing a helmet:
Take good care of your helmet and it will take good care of you!
If you’ve been in a motorcycle crash and are looking for skilled legal advice, we can help. The attorneys at Ladenburg Law have experience helping motorcycle crash victims recover compensation for medical bills and lost wages. Please reach out to our firm and ask for a free initial case review.
You might also wish to read our post about motorcycle fatalities on the rise in Washington State.