A study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that fewer motorcyclists die in states with laws that require helmets, CarmiTimes.com reports. The federal study shows that about five times as many “no-helmet biker deaths” occur in states with less restrictive laws, leading the study’s author to say that helmet laws save lives.
Researchers with the CDC examined a government tally of fatal traffic accidents focusing on 2008 through 2010, ultimately counting 14,283 motorcycle-related fatalities. Of this total, 6,057 were motorcyclists not wearing helmets. Only 12 percent of these deaths occurred in the 20 states that require motorcycle riders and passengers to wear helmets.
The CDC researchers also made 2010 cost calculations based on medical expenses and lost work productivity from motorcycle-related injuries and fatalities, and concluded that the costs to society are lower when states require helmet use. A director for the CDC notes that more than $3 billion in economic costs were saved due to helmet use in the U.S. in 2010, and another $1.4 billion could have been saved if all motorcyclists wore helmets. In states that do require helmet use, more money is also saved per registered bike than in states with fewer or no restrictions, specifically $725 versus $200 as estimated by researchers.
In Illinois, there are currently no laws that govern motorcycle helmet use.
As this new federal study shows, motorcycle helmets can certainly help save lives, but it is still the responsibility of everyone on the road to drive responsibly and share the road with vehicle drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists alike. Those who do not take this responsibility seriously, however, may still cause a serious collision.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another individual, contact a skilled Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer with the Bradley Law Firm. Our legal team can help you obtain the compensation you need to heal. Call (312) 252- 1488 to schedule a no-cost consultation.