When a motorcycle collides with another vehicle - whether it is a car or truck - the injuries suffered by the motorcyclist are usually the most severe. One of the factors that makes riding a motorcycle so enjoyable - having few barriers between you and the rest of the world - also makes it particularly hazardous.
For many years, motorcyclists, traffic safety advocates and everyone in between have been debating the appropriateness and efficacy of universal motorcycle helmet laws, which require every biker, regardless of age or level of experience, to wear a helmet at all times when on a motorcycle. Pro-helmet advocates say that helmets are the only way to protect motorcyclists who from serious injury and death. Motorcyclists say that they should be able to decide whether or not to wear a helmet for themselves.
Last year, approximately 4,500 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in California and across the country. This means that about one out of every seven people who died on U.S. roads did so in motorcycle-related crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are about 30 times more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident than drivers and passengers are to die in car crashes.
Every year, more than 4,500 people are killed in motorcycle-related accidents in the U.S., according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And as we mentioned in a recent post on our San Diego personal injury blog, motorcycle accident deaths are actually on the rise in California, increasing by 20 percent from 2010 to 2011. As such, it seems that more needs to be done to promote motorcycle safety to drivers and motorcyclists alike.
In recent years, the number of car accident deaths has dropped dramatically in San Diego and throughout the U.S. However, the fatal motorcycle crash rate has remained steady, and has actually increased in many places. Why is there such a disparity between motorcycle and motor vehicle accidents?
For the first time since the 1950s, the largest manufacturers of football helmets in the United States are working to redesign their products. The goal is not to find a faster helmet, or one that is better-looking, but to create a helmet that can do more to prevent head and brain injuries in football players of all ages.
A serious head trauma accident often leaves its victims in critical condition. A person's head and neck are considered some of the most vulnerable parts of their body, since injuries to either area can result in memory loss, brain damage, loss of certain motor functions, and even paralysis.