Wearing a Motorcycle Helmet Reduces Fatality Risk by 42%
Not many states can boast year-round motorcycling weather conditions. Fortunately, Florida motorcyclists from the panhandle to South Beach can enjoy riding their bikes 365 days a year. Beautiful beach rides, eerie swamp tours, and mega motorcycle festivals are all part of the South Florida motorcyclist lifestyle.
Although the state of Florida does not have a mandatory helmet law for all riders, safety experts agree that wearing a helmet is the best way to increase your chances of walking away from a motorcycle accident.
In 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that motorcycle helmets saved the lives of over 1,600 bikers. An additional 703 lives could’ve been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets. In 2011, nearly 60% of the fatally injured motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet at the time of their crash.
In addition to statistical evidence, multiple high-quality studies continue to support the claims that motorcycle helmet use saves lives. Their findings suggest that motorcycle helmet use reduces head injuries by 69% and death by 42%. Riders without the protection of a motorcycle helmet were 3-4x more likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury, requiring extensive hospitalization, and lifelong disability.
Motorcyclists, who have been injured in an accident, need aggressive legal representation by an attorney who is experienced in litigating motorcycle accident cases. There are numerous issues and obstacles that are unique to motorcycle injury law; therefore, injured bikers need someone on their side from the very start. At Kelley/Uustal, our lawyers can help you during this difficult time and our firm has the resources to tackle even the most complex motorcycle accident case.
For decades, the Fort Lauderdale injury attorneys at Kelley/Uustal have been successfully fighting for the rights of injured motorcyclists throughout South Florida. If you or someone you love has been injured, please do not hesitate to contact our firm for a free, no-risk consultation. We’re here to help.