Motorcycle Helmets Save Lives
There is no question that choosing to ride a motorcycle instead of driving a more conventional passenger vehicle exposes a biker to an elevated degree of risk. But even the most daring motorcyclist does not wish to become fatally wounded in an accident. Motorcycle helmets can greatly reduce the likelihood that a biker will sustain a lethal head injury. The technologies and materials that they use continue to improve, and may be even more helpful in the future.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident then you may already be too keenly aware of the value of wearing a motorcycle helmet. Contact the Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to discuss the potential benefits of legal action in your case.
Motorcycle Helmet Statistics
Consider the following statistics from the National Center for Statistics and Analysis in a report compiled for the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) based upon a review of the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS):
- The study found motorcycle helmets were effective at preventing fatalities 37% of the time as of 2002.
- A similar study conducted in 1982 found that helmets were only 29% effective.
- Approximately 7,808 riders’ lives were saved by helmet usage from 1993-2002.
- More fatalities could have been prevented through more widespread helmet use, as the number of riders wearing helmets has declined from 71% to 58%.
Some riders complain that wearing a helmet interferes with their ability to see or hear while riding and that they feel as if it cuts into the sense of freedom on the roadway. But the visors on helmets are designed specifically to avoid blocking vision and other design features actually serve to significantly reduce the level of noise from both the bike and the rushing wind.
Regardless, the safety improvements gained by wearing a helmet overwhelmingly outweigh any inconveniences.
You deserve to be compensated for injuries and other damages that have arisen because of another motorist or a helmet maker’s negligence. Contact the Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874.