The Single Best Way to Lower Your Risk of Injury in an Orlando Motorcycle Accident
Riding a motorcycle in the beautiful Florida weather is undoubtedly one of many favorite pastimes. Still, it comes with inherent risk. According to the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bikers are 35 more likely to be fatally injured while riding than passengers in a car. This statistic is enough to awaken any biker to the risks involved with riding.
Head injuries are the leading cause of death among motorcyclists. Because of that, the single most effective safety measure any motorcyclist can take to lower risk of injury or fatality in the event of a crash is to wear a helmet.
Here are some statistics that show why helmets are so crucial to have on in an Orlando motorcycle crash.
- When helmet usage increased in 2004, the number of fatal motorcycle crashes dramatically decreased.
- The NHTSA found that as many as 1,829 lives were saved in 2008 because a rider was wearing a helmet when a crash occurred.
- The NHTSA also found that 822 lives would have been saved in 2008 had the rider worn a helmet.
Florida is one of seven states that repealed the universal helmet law. Since the repeal of this helmet law, many riders have chosen not to wear a helmet. According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration (GHSA), when a helmet law has been repealed, helmet use drops significantly.