Michigan motorcycle helmet requirements were recently revised to allow properly insured riders to go without helmets if they choose. However, any experienced motorcyclist will tell you that a helmet can save your life in some accidents. Motorcycle helmets are also a key factor in preventing or reducing serious injuries to the head or face.
According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle helmets significantly reduce both the number and the severity of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and scarring or permanent facial injuries, including the loss of one or both eyes. The study examined crash data from 104,472 accidents over a three-year time period. About 57 percent of the motorcyclists involved were wearing helmets when they crashed, and about 43 percent were not.
The study found that in both groups, about 40 percent of injured motorcyclists needed hospital care for an injury following an accident. However, the rate of head and face injuries was nearly 20 percent lower among those who wore helmets. In addition, bikers who wore helmets had less severe brain injuries when they did occur, were able to leave the hospital several days sooner, and were much less likely to die while in the hospital than riders who were not wearing helmets.
Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries. Bikers and their passengers are at an increased risk for harm because they are not protected by the walls of a car, like motorists are. If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident, call the experienced Oakland County, MI motorcycle accident attorneys at Lipton Law today for a free, confidential consultation. Our number is (248) 557-1688.