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Helmets Can Reduce the Severity of Motorcycle Accidents

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on January 28, 2016

Motorcycle helmet on the roadMotorcycle accidents are among the most serious type of motor vehicle collisions. There is little to protect riders from impact. As a result, even a relatively minor incident can be fatal. For this reason, it is vital that motorcyclists wear helmets while they are on the road. Many studies have shown that helmets are the number one factor that can save a rider’s life. In Florida, we have limited laws regulating helmet use. However, the attorneys at Chanfrau & Chanfrau are dedicated to public safety. We encourage all riders to wear a helmet and to contribute to the wellbeing of everyone on the roads. We are also committed to providing outstanding legal assistance for those injured in motorcycle crashes. To learn more about motorcycle accidents and helmets, contact our Daytona Beach, FL practice today.

How a Helmet Protects Motorcyclists

Motorcyclists already face more risks than people in cars. The vehicles have no protective shell. Consequently, a rider who is thrown off of a bike will immediately come in contact with the road. In addition, motorcycles are less visible than cars. Therefore, they are more likely to be involved in a collision. Head injuries are typically the most serious and life-threatening damage sustained in a motorcycle accident. Without a helmet, the likelihood of life-altering or fatal brain injury increases dramatically.

Motorcycle Accidents and Helmet Statistics

To prove the importance of helmets to motorcyclists, there have been multiple studies on the subject. The results are overwhelming.

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists were 26 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than people in cars.
  • In 2008, the same group reported that helmets were 67% effective in preventing brain injuries. They were 37% effective in preventing death.
  • In 2005, the NHTSA speculated that an additional 1,158 motorcyclists would have died if they had not been wearing their helmets.

Florida Laws Regulating Helmet Use

Experts agree that the best way to reduce motorcycle fatalities is to enact universal helmet laws. In Florida, we have partial helmet laws. This legislation requires riders age 20 and below to wear helmets. Of course, we believe that motorcyclists of all ages should wear protective gear.

Because we do have limited helmet laws in place, it can affect the outcome of a motorcycle accident lawsuit. If you or your loved one is under age 20 and was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, he or she may share partial liability. These laws will not typically affect older accident victims.

Have You Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?

The laws regulating liability are multifaceted. Therefore, it is vital that you work with an experienced personal injury attorney who understands the ins and outs of these claims. Our team has handled hundreds of accident cases. We will evaluate every aspect of the incident, including helmet use, to determine if you have a viable claim. Once we take your case, we will fight tirelessly for your rights. By obtaining the money you deserve, we can help you cover medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and other expenses.

Contact Us Today for Aggressive Legal Representation

If you are dealing with the effects of a motorcycle accident, contact our firm for a case evaluation.

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