Riding a motorcycle gives riders a sense of freedom on the open road. However, there are serious dangers involved in riding without a helmet.
A motorcycle does not provide the structural protection that a car does to keep drivers safe in the event of an accident.
Motorcyclists need to take extra precautions to protect their body. The most important place to start is by protecting the head.
The head and brain is most vulnerable to injury in a motorcycle accident. Drivers and passengers wearing helmets increase their chance of survival significantly over non-helmet wearers.
In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated 1,699 lives were saved because individuals wore helmets. From 2008 to 2010, there were 14,283 motorcyclist fatalities in the United States, and 6,057 (42%) of those who died were not wearing helmets.
It is important for motorcyclists to understand the risks of riding without a helmet. Riders who do not wear helmets are at risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury if they are in an accident. Without protection, the head is vulnerable to a traumatic impact in an accident even when traveling at low speeds.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studies of non-fatal motorcycle injuries reveal that riders who did not wear a helmet had higher health care costs, longer hospitalization, longer recovery periods, and an increased loss in quality of life.
Traumatic brain injuries that are non-fatal usually have serious and long-term results. Brain trauma often results in spinal cord injuries and disability that require extended care and physical therapy. In addition, the damaged brain may deteriorate after hospitalization and die days to weeks after the injury due to secondary injury.
Because of the fatal risk of traumatic brain injury is so high, it is crucial for motorcyclists to take action to protect themselves while riding. Wearing a helmet that is approved by the Department of Transportation is one of many precautions a rider can take to increase safety on the open road.
Even when a rider takes all possible precautions, accidents resulting in injury still occur. When you or a loved one are involved in a motorcycle accident leading to serious injury or death, you will need a lawyer experienced in personal injury law to help you navigate the legal options available to you. The lawyers at Mainor Wirth stand ready to consult with about the details of the accident and provide legal advice based on your individual case and needs.
The information in this blog post is not intended to provide legal advice. If you need advice, please contact our office for an analysis of your individual case. Contact the office of Mainor Wirth Injury Lawyers at 702-464-5000.