Can Helmets Prevent Motorcycle Accident Deaths?
In 2018, a total of 4,985 motorcyclists died in crashes. Government research estimates that per mile traveled in 2017, the number of deaths on motorcycles was nearly 27 times the number of fatal car accidents. Fatal motorcycle accidents are so common because motorcycles are more vulnerable in accidents compared to passenger vehicle accidents. Our San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyers explain whether helmets can help prevent fatal accidents.
One of the most common fatal injuries that motorcyclists sustain after an accident are head injuries. For such reasons, helmet use can mean the difference between life and death in a motorcycle accident. Helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and 69 percent effective in preventing brain injuries.
Below we have put together a list of motorcycle safety statistics when using helmets:
- Helmets saved nearly 1,859 lives in 2016.
- If all motorcyclist had worn helmets in 2016, 802 or more people could have been saved.
- Helmets are currently saving $2.7 billion in economic costs annually.
- Motorcyclists represented 14 percent of the total traffic fatalities, despite representing on average only three percent of all registered vehicles.
- A study of motorcycle crash victims in Wisconsin found that unhelmeted riders in the state sustained cervical spine injuries twice as often as riders who wore helmets.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you have a right to seek compensation for your loss. Motorcycle accidents are preventable and are often caused because of another person’s negligence. Our San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyers have been helping clients recover the compensation they deserve. Our team has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of our clients. Let our team help you obtain the best possible results for your case.
Contact our San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyers today at (415) 688-2176 to schedule a consultation!