Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Mandatory Motorcycle Helmets Help Reduce Fatality Numbers

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is recommending a number of measures that can help reduce annual motorcycle accident fatality numbers. One of the measures that the agency is recommending is mandating of motorcycle helmets for motorcyclists and passengers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, more than 1,480 motorcyclists survived accidents. Those numbers would have been even greater if all states had mandatory motorcycle helmet laws in place. As many as 732 motorcyclists’ lives could have been saved if all states had mandatory helmet laws.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, helmets have been found to be up to 37% more effective in preventing deaths involving motorcycle operators, and 41% more beneficial in preventing deaths involving passengers. Whether a state has mandatory motorcycle helmet laws in place has much to do with whether motorcyclists in the state bother to wear a helmet. Studies conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have found that when states have mandatory motorcycle helmet laws in place, motorcyclists are much more likely to wear helmets.

Only twenty states and Washington DC have universal mandatory helmet laws. California currently has laws that mandate helmets for both motorcyclists as well as their passengers.

However, in those states that do not have motorcycle helmet laws, only about 50% of motorcyclists wear helmets. In 2010, the rate of compliance in states with mandatory motorcycle helmet laws was 98%.

However, Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers stress wearing the proper helmet. Only wear helmets approved by the Department of Transportation. Avoid novelty helmets that offer no protection in a motorcycle accident.

3 comments:

  1. A few days ago, I saw rider at national highway, he was riding the bike very fast without helmet, which is very dangers. Helmet is for our safety and, this is very important for the racers which are riding the bike with zigzagging.flip front helmets

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