While the number of motor vehicle fatalities in the United States has been declining in recent years, the number of motorcycle deaths has been rising. Even though motorcycles account for only three percent of vehicles on the road, they account for 13 percent of fatalities. According to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), 12 motorcyclists die in the U.S. each day and the leading cause of death is head injuries.
Universal Helmet Laws Are a Solution
For this reason, the NTSB has recommended that states require all motorcycle riders, regardless of age, to wear helmets. Although 47 states have helmet laws on the books, only 20 require all riders to wear them. Most states only require riders under a certain age – usually 18 – to wear helmets. California requires that riders and passengers wear DOT approved helmets.
Statistics show that helmets save lives: the NTSB estimates that helmets are 37 percent effective in preventing fatal accidents. Requiring riders to wear helmets, even if such a move is not initially popular with everyone, is an easy way to prevent fatal accidents. Surprisingly, the NTSB recommendation is bucking a trend: in recent years, several states have repealed their universal helmet laws, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.
A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
Unfortunately, accidents happen and motorcyclists all too often suffer serious injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, an experienced personal injury attorney may be able to help. A lawyer can assess your case and help you make the responsible party accountable. For more information, contact a motorcycle accident injury attorney today, at least to explain your options.