Philadelphia Motorcycle Injury Lawyer John Fox discusses the Benefit of Wearing a Helmet
The chances of a fatal motorcycle accident increase when the driver isn’t wearing a helmet. Though we understand the thrill and freedom of riding without a helmet, as a Motorcycle Injury Lawyer I strongly urge all of our motorcyclists and bikers to wear a helmet.
Benefits of Wearing Helmets
- Head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes. (U.S. Department of Transportation/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
- 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.)
- Per vehicle mile, motorcyclists are about 37 times as likely as passenger car occupants to die in a traffic crash and about 8 times as likely to be injured. (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts, 2006)
- Hospital stays are longer for riders not wearing helmets and the cost to taxpayers is significantly higher since many motorcyclists are uninsured.
Helmets potentially decrease the severity of a head injury, the likelihood of death and the overall cost of medical care. They’re designed to cushion and protect riders’ heads from the impact of a crash. Just like safety belts in cars, helmets can’t provide total protection against head injury or death, but they do reduce the incidence of both. Motorcycle crash statistics show that helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing crash fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates a rider without a helmet is 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury and 15 percent more likely to incur a nonfatal head injury than a helmeted motorcycle rider.