Benefits to Wearing a Helmet–Motorcycle Statistics and Facts

February 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Motorcyle Helmet Laws

Benefits of helmet use

Benefits of helmet use

All too often, we see the tragic results of injuries that a motorcyclist could have avoided had he or she simply worn a safety helmet.  Many fatalities and traumatic brain injuries could have been mitigated or even eliminated, had the driver worn a safety helmet.

The Facts:

Motorcycles are more likely to be in a crash than cars; therefore when motorcycles crash, their riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so they’re more likely to be injured or killed. Wearing a helmet while riding greatly reduces the severity of injury and potential trauma to the head, the probability of death, and overall cost of medical care. A helmet is designed to cushion and protect a rider’s head from the collision of a crash. Much like a seatbelt in cars, a helmet can’t provide total protection against head injury or death. However, wearing a safety helmet decreases the incidence of both. Recent motorcycle crash statistics show that helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing crash fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates a rider not wearing a helmet is 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury and 15 percent more likely to acquire a nonfatal head injury than a helmeted motorcyclist.

  • Head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes. (U.S. Department of Transportation/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, State Legislative Fact Sheet)
  • Helmets are estimated to be 37 percent effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcyclists. (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts, Motorcycles, 2006)
  • Wearing a properly fitted helmet can actually improve the rider’s ability to hear by streamlining the head and ear, which can deduce wind noise allowing the rider to hear other sounds. (Safe Cycling-Motorcycle Safety Foundation Publication.)
  • Helmets prevent eye injuries and distraction from dust, dirt and debris thrown up by other vehicles on the road. (Safe Cycling-Motorcycle Safety Foundation Publication.
  • Helmets prevent the incidence of traumatic brain injury as related to motorcycle accidents.

Please make sure to check out the link: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/Motorcycles

  • How to Identify Unsafe Helmets
  • Motorcycle helmets saved 1,829 motorcyclists’ lives in 2008.
  • Motorcycle helmets do not interfere with the rider’s vision or hearing.

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