MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURY REDUCED WITH HELMET USE
Our lawyers have represented many people injured in a motorcycle accident in Minnesota, usually after a motorcycle is hit by a car. A publication from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides some helpful information regarding motorcycle accident injury and prevention. Here are some of the highlights:
Preventing serious injuries and deaths from motorcycle crashes is a major and growing public health concern.
- Motorcycle crashes killed 4,502 people in 2010.
- Motorcycle-related deaths have increased by 55% since 2000.
- Motorcycle crash-related injuries and deaths totaled $12 billion in one year, in medical care costs and productivity losses.
The good news is that riders—and their passengers—can help protect themselves by wearing helmets. Wearing a helmet is estimated to reduce risk of death on a motorcycle by 37 percent among motorcycle riders and 41 percent for motorcycle passengers.
Universal Helmet Laws Increase Helmet Use, Save Money
The most effective way to get people to wear helmets is the universal helmet law.
Universal helmet laws, which require that every motorcycle rider and passenger wear a helmet whenever they ride, can increase helmet use and save money, according to a recent CDC study.
Universal helmet laws result in cost savings by increasing helmet use among riders and passengers, which reduces crash-related injuries and deaths. According to a CDC analysis of fatal crash data from 2008 to 2010, 12 percent of motorcyclists in states with universal helmet laws were not wearing helmets. In comparison, 64 percent of riders were not wearing helmets in states with partial helmet laws, and 79 percent of riders were not wearing helmets in states with no helmet laws.
In one year, cost savings in states with universal motorcycle helmet laws were nearly four times greater (per registered motorcycle) than in states without these comprehensive laws. In 2010, annual costs saved from helmet use, in terms of medical, productivity, and other costs, ranged from a high of $394 million in California (which has a universal helmet law) to a low of $2.6 million in New Mexico (which has a partial law). Partial helmet laws require only certain riders, such as those under age 21, to wear a helmet.
Helmet Laws Save Lives
Each state decides its own respective helmet law. As of May 2012, 19 states and the District of Columbia had universal helmet laws, 28 states had partial helmet laws, and 3 states had no helmet law. Minnesota currently has a partial helmet law for motorcycle riders.
Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin are Minnesota personal injury attorneys with more than 25 years’ experience successfully handling hundreds of car and motorcycle accident injury cases throughout MN. Pam was a former partner at Meshbesher & Spence, offering more small firm attention to her clients than you will get at a larger firm. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident in MN, please call our office as soon as possible for a free consultation with an attorney. If you have been hit by a car, a motorcycle accident lawyer can meet with you to discuss your injury case at our offices in Edina, Woodbury and Minneapolis. One of our lawyers can also meet you at your home to discuss your motorcycle accident in St. Paul, Rogers MN, Elk River, Anoka, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park MN, Chaska, Chanhassen, and other cities throughout MN. We will explain your rights and answer your questions. Our lawyers will always provide you with a free initial consultation and we never charge anything unless we are successful in getting compensation for you and your family for your motorcycle accident injury.