Why Are Helmets Important for Motorcyclists?

There are motorcyclists who shun the idea of wearing helmets just like how some car passengers disregard the use of seat belts. Some choose to not wear one as it entails more freedom as one may feel the wind on his/her face. Some opt to not utilize a helmet because they simply find wearing one quite uncomfortable. Whatever their reason may be, a helmet is arguably the most essential piece of equipment available to motorcyclists. Fact is, it has saved and continues to save lives; and some lives shouldn't have been lost had they been wearing a helmet when they got themselves into an accident.

Helmets have been proven as an effective gear for motorcycle safety. Here are some statistics that studies regarding motorcycle safety have produced:
 

  • Helmets diminish the prospect of a fatal accident by 35%. Meaning for every 100 un-helmeted riders killed on the road, 35 would have survived if all had worn helmets. Percent effectiveness would be considerably higher if only deaths from head injuries were taken into account.
  • In 2007, helmets saved the lives of an estimated 1,784 motorcyclists.
  • An average of several studies put the hospital charges of injured non-helmeted riders at 30% higher than their helmet-wearing counterparts.
  • California's mandatory helmet law, to give one example, reduced the cost of head injuries from motorcycle accidents from $36.6 million in 1991 to $15- 15.9 million in 1992.

As we can gather from these statistics, it can be clearly seen how important it is to wear a helmet when you are heading out on the road on your motorcycle. It certainly won't hurt taking this precaution. What would hurt is if you get your head seriously damaged just because you find helmets an inconvenience. What would hurt is if you lose your life just because you find helmets unnecessary.

 

Ben Glass
Ben Glass is a nationally recognized Virginia injury, medical malpractice, and long-term disability attorney