More than 4,000 people died in motorcycle crashes in the United States last year, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report in which it urged all states to make helmets mandatory for motorcycle riders. The 4,400 motorcycle crash deaths last year are more than all aviation, rail, marine and pipeline wrongful deaths combined. The report also states that, although other traffic fatalities have declined over the past decade, motorcycle deaths have increased steadily.
The National Transportation Safety Board also states that the United States has far more traffic fatalities than other wealthy countries. Other nations have seen their traffic fatality rates drop considerably due to programs such as speed cameras and speed measuring devices, sobriety checkpoints and mandatory motorcycle helmets which have been vehemently opposed in the United States. It is believed that, if these or similar programs were implemented here, thousands of lives could be saved.
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Not all states currently have mandatory helmet laws. Florida does not require a motorcycle rider to wear a helmet if they carry the minimal $10,000 in insurance to cover the medical bills. This is particular troubling as head injuries and traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes.
It is imperative that you wear a properly tested and constructed helmet, as some motorcycle helmets may look the part, but not function as needed. You should also have the helmet fitted properly by a professional in the field.
Wearing a helmet is not a license to ride a motorcycle in an unsafe manner. Prior to riding, take a safety course and always obey the rules of the road. Be aware of your surroundings and remember to expect the unexpected.
The Palm Beach County Wrongful Death and Motorcycle Crash Attorneys of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have handled many cases involving traffic fatalities, traumatic brain injuries and serious personal injuries. Visit our website to learn more about the firm can call today for a free consultation.