Helmets Can Reduce Motorcycle Injuries
July 7, 2010
I was browsing my daily reading material when I came upon this article/news. I have prosecuted motorcycle accident in Chicago on several occasions and the injuries I have seen resulting from motorcycle accident are tremendous–even with slow impact events. I represented a man not long ago who witnesses told us was riding his motorcycle about 10-15 mph when a vehicle turn left in front of him and caused the collision. The impact caused him to be airborne over the handles and hit the ground face first.
He had various broken bones in his face and jaw and was in a coma for a few days. His hospital bills were in thousands of dollars and he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the event. My office was able to get him a decent settlement which enabled him to pay all his medical bills and put a substantial amount in his pocket as compensation for the pain and suffering, loss of normal life and the dis-figuration he had endured and suffered. I wonder, however, whether he would have been injured to the extent he was, had he worn his helmet while ridding his motorcycle.
Imagine yourself cruising down the road, riding your motorcycle. It’s a beautiful day, and you love the feeling of the wind in your hair. Now, what is wrong with this picture? You forgot your helmet.In the United States, there were over 5,000 deaths due to motorcycle accidents during 2008. According to an article from the New York Times, bikers who wear a helmet have a 37 percent less chance of death.Helmets can’t prevent accidents, but they can prevent injury, and “the use of the safety helmet is the single critical factor in the prevention of head injury,” according to motorcycleaccidents.com.
Injury to the head is the most deadly type of injury. Everyone has heard the saying “click it or ticket.” Buckling up is the key to preventing injury in a car accident, and if we forget to wear one, there is a fine. So, it is only logical that there be a law put in place requiring riders to wear their safety helmet, which is once again the “single most critical factor” in preventing head injury.While the overall vehicle accident rate is going down, the rate of motorcycle accidents is sky rocketing, which makes helmet use even more critical.Illinois should not be another state contributing to these death statistics, so I strongly urge legislators to pass a motorcycle helmet law for the protection of the cyclists.