Helmets Save Lives!

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2012-10-26_2Novelty helmets present motorcycle riders with a higher risk for skull fracture and brain injury when compared to certified helmets. A motorcycle rider who wears a novelty helmet during a motorcycle crash in which the rider falls to the ground and the rider’s head contacts a rigid body such as a paved road will likely sustain fatal head injuries. Motorcycle riders who wear novelty helmets and believe that “something is better than nothing” have a false sense of security regarding the protection afforded them by helmets not designed or manufactured.

  • Motorcycle helmet use increased from 48% in 2005 to 67% in 2009.
  • Motorcycle helmets saved 1,829 motorcyclists’ lives in 2008.
  • Motorcycle helmets do not interfere with the rider’s vision or hearing.
  • Source: www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/Motorcycles

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