Motorcycle Fatalities on the Rise: How You Can Protect Yourself

By Prev Info - February 19, 2022

Florida Motorcycle Injury Attorney Matthew Dolman has provided us some very important safety information. It is no surprise that instances of motorcycle accidents resulting in the death of the operator are on the rise.

It seems like every day a biker is killed after a collision with an inattentive driver. Part of the reason for the increasing annual death toll of motorcyclists is the increasing use of two-wheeled vehicles. Younger demographics are choosing motorcycles instead of cars to make up for the high cost of gas. But numbers don’t lie, and motorcycle deaths are increasing at a significantly higher rate than motorcycle ownership and use.

This suggests another factor is also a partial cause of the alarming increase in rider fatalities. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention decided to investigate the mystery factor. It turned out not to be so much of a mystery. Helmets have long been regarded as a necessary safety tool for any motorcyclist with the intention of surviving an unavoidable accident. It’s a basic fact that a helmet protects the body’s most vital organ, the brain. The brain can be injured in any motorcycle accident, with or without a helmet. The difference is severity.

Neck, and Spine Injuries are Not Stopped by a Helmet

A basic fall by a helmet-wearing rider can result in serious concussions, neck injuries, spinal injuries, and various other injuries; but a fall that would cause a concussion to a helmeted rider, would almost certainly result in death to a rider without head protection. Most bikers know the risk of riding without helmets, but some still choose to ride without one. Biker protests and petitions have led to the repeal of helmet requirement laws in many states (including Florida).

CDC Shows Fatal Stats are Serious

As it turns out, this is exactly what the CDC points to as the reason for the increase in fatal motorcycle accidents. Between 2001 and 2008, annual motorcycle fatalities increased by 55 percent. The CDC determined that the states requiring helmet use have a significantly lower rate of biker deaths. I know, not surprising. But what is surprising is the enormous gap between states with mandatory helmet requirements and those with lax helmet laws. 500 percent more motorcycle-related deaths occur in states that allow riders to cruise lid-free.

That means that a biker in Florida is 5 times more likely to die in an accident than a biker in a state requiring helmet use. Now it’s true that many accidents are so severe than even a helmet isn’t enough. But between 2008 and 2010, nearly half of the motorcycle-related deaths in the U.S. were riders not wearing helmets. That is an astounding statistic when considering that the number of helmetless riders is just a small fraction of the total number of American Motorcyclists.

With Or Without a Helmet, Your In Danger

But, helmet or not, no matter how safe you are in the operation of your motorcycle, an accident caused by an inattentive or negligent rider can happen. And injuries in motorcycle crashes are often severe. Protect yourself by biking as safely as possible, by wearing the appropriate safety gear, and by knowing your rights. Any accident can be a huge impact on your life, so seeking the counsel of an experienced Florida motorcycle attorney after an accident can protect your future. 





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