Motorcycle Helmet Laws Save Lives and Cash
As a Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorney, I regularly see first hand the consequences of riding without a helmet.’ A recently published federal study has revealed that fewer motorcyclists die in states that have mandatory helmet laws. The study, conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), also discovered that the expense to society is much lower in those states that require bikers to wear helmets.It was determined that approximately five times as many no-helmet biker deaths occur in those states with less strict helmet laws. It is obvious that helmets save lives. The CDC has disclosed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics which show that there were 14,283 motorcycle casualties from 2008 through 2010. Of those deaths, 6,057 bikers were not wearing a helmet, and 12% of those deaths happened in the 20 states that currently have a helmet law. “This information clearly illustrates that these laws save lives,” stated Rebecca Naumann, an epidemiologist and lead author of the research team. Apart from analyzing the actual number of motorcycle fatalities, researchers have also looked into the medical costs associated with motorcycle injuries and deaths. CDC’s findings have made it clear that motorcycle helmet laws save money. Specifically, states with required helmet laws saved approximately $725 per bike, as opposed to $200 in other states. “In 2010, more than $3 billion in economic costs were saved due to helmet use in the United States,” claimed CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden in a statement released to the Associated Press. “Another $1.4 billion could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.” Although 20 states had enacted mandatory helmet laws when the above study began, the total has reduced to 19, with Michigan recently revising its law in April. The change permits riders over the age of 21 to ride without a helmet if they meet specific criteria, which includes having medical insurance. Regardless of CDC’s alarming data release, there still remains persistent opposition to mandatory helmet laws. Vince Consiglio, president of American Bikers Aiming Toward Education, actually celebrated Michigan’s recent retraction of its required helmet law. Russ Rader, a representative for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has stated that, "it makes little sense that states are repealing or weakening motorcycle helmet laws. During the 1970s, nearly every state mandated helmets for all motorcyclists, but sadly, only 19 states now have such laws.” Even if your state does not enforce it, Dolman Law Group highly suggests that motorcyclists follow the necessary precautions to remain safe on the road, which includes wearing Department of Transportation approved head protection. If you have been physically injured as a result of a motorcycle accident, call the Florida injury attorneys at Dolman Law Group at: (727) 451-6900, for a free consultation and case evaluation. Our injury law attorneys handle motorcycle injury claims throughout the State of Florida.