As a continuation of Motorcycle Helmet Facts and Statistics (Part 1), here is some additional information regarding the importance of wearing motorcycle accidents when it comes to reducing traffic accident fatalities. While Part 1 focused on Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations regarding helmets, here in Part 2, we will focus on statistics associated with motorcycle accident helmet use.
The following are some facts and statistics regarding motorcycle helmets:
- Head injuries are the number one cause of motorcycle accident deaths in the U.S., and riders not wearing helmets are 40 percent more likely to sustain a fatal head injury than riders wearing helmets.
- Less than half of U.S. states (only 20) have universal helmet laws.
- Only three U.S. states – Iowa, Illinois and New Hampshire – do not have any type of motorcycle helmet laws currently in place.
- While more than 95 percent of motorcyclists regularly wear helmets in states with helmet laws, less than half of riders in states without helmet laws wear helmets when riding.
- In 2012, helmet use decreased about 6 percent, dropping from about 66 percent use in 2011 to approximately 60 percent helmet use in 2012.
- Helmet use among motorcycle passengers decreased significantly from 2011 to 2012, dropping from 64 percent of passengers wearing helmets in 2011 to only about 46 percent of motorcycle passengers wearing helmets in 2012.
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