Did you know that there are five times as many no-helmet motorcycle deaths in states that don’t have mandatory helmet laws? According to a new study recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), helmets not only save lives but they save money.
The CDC looked at crash data from 2008 to 2010 and totaled up 14,283 motorcyclists deaths in this nation. This figure included 6,057 motorcyclists who did not wear helmets at the time of their crashes. Interestingly, about 12 percent of these deaths took place in the states that require all motorcycle operators to wear helmets.
The CDC also looked at medical expenses related to these deaths and lost work productivity. They estimated that $1.4 billion could have been saved if all motorcyclists would have worn helmets.
For this reason alone, advocates of the government enforcing a mandatory helmet law support their argument by showing that lives and money could be saved. Also, advocates also ask the question: If the government enforced the use of seat belts to save lives, then why aren’t helmets mandatory for motorcyclists?
Will this evidence be enough to cause state lawmakers to reconsider Wisconsin’s motorcycle helmet law? Currently, motorcycle riders in the State of Wisconsin under age 18 and riders with an instructional permit are required to wear helmets.
If you were injured in a Wisconsin motorcycle wreck due to someone else’s negligence— whether you were or weren’t wearing a helmet—you may have rights to seek financial compensation for your injuries. Call an Appleton motorcycle accident attorney at Hupy & Abraham for a free consultation toll-free at (800) 800-5678 today, and also make sure you request our complimentary guide, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.