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Motorcycle Crashes and Helmet Laws

There are many questions that arise with regards to helmet laws and riding motorcycles. Helmet use has consistently been proven to reduce motorcycle crash-related injuries and deaths, and the most effective strategy to increase helmet use is the enactment of universal helmet laws.

Although helmets are not required to be worn by riders here in the state of Florida, the following statistics may make you re-consider wearing a helmet:

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) compiled data between states both with and without helmet laws and reports that on average, 12% of fatally injured motorcyclists were not wearing helmets in states with universal helmet laws. This is compared to 64% in partial helmet law states (states that require specific groups, usually young riders, to wear helmets), and 79% in states without helmet laws.
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC>) reports that during 2008-2010, a total of 14,283 motorcyclists were killed in crashes and among those 42% were not wearing a helmet. In the 20 states with a universal helmet law, 739 (12%) fatally injured motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet, compared with 4,814 (64%) in the 27 states with partial helmet laws and 504 (79%) in the three states without helmet laws. This data is consistent with that which was reported by the NHTSA.

Have fun, be safe, ride smart, and protect yourself as well as your passengers while you are riding.

Wearing or not wearing a helmet is a personal decision. I respect and support a rider's right to exercise that personal decision. The purpose of this blog is to help our readers make an informed decision. Everybody has the right to decide what risks they will take.

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