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Importance of Wearing Motorcycle Helmets

Posted on May 14, 2015 in

Did you know that the month of May is Motorcycle Awareness Month? It is! There is something extremely important about reminding everyone on the road about the right for motorcyclists to share the pavement and the need to consider them when operating their car, truck, bus, or another motor vehicle. At Duncan Law Group, our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers take motorcycle accidents seriously and seek to reduce the overall number of personal injuries that are suffered by riders, both in Chicago, Illinois, and nationwide.

Wearing a Helmet Can Save Your Life

One of the most important things a motorcyclist can do to protect themselves in the event of an accident is to wear a proper motorcycle helmet. A helmet is intended to reduce the impact of hard surfaces on the skull and brain should they come into contact with a hard surface. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 2,200 people are killed and 55,000 people are injured in motorcycle accidents each and every year – and most of these could have been prevented if the motorcycle rider was wearing a helmet.

Here are some important facts about motorcycle helmets that can encourage riders to use them each and every time they ride:

  • Over 80% of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death.
  • A motorcyclist is 16 times more likely to die in an accident than a car driver.
  • Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of death by 29%.
  • Head injuries are the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents.
  • Riders that don’t wear helmets are 40% more likely to die of a head injury.
  • Helmets are the most important factor in preventing head and neck injuries.
  • Hospitalization costs are lower for riders that wear helmets.

Illinois is one of the states in the country that does not have a mandatory helmet law, but that does not mean that a rider should not wear a helmet. The facts are in: motorcycle helmets save lives when a rider is involved in a motorcycle accident. Your life, and the life of your passenger, is too valuable to take risks with. Wearing a helmet can reduce the severity of your injuries. While it is estimated only 34% to 54% of all riders wear helmets while riding, don’t let yourself be a part of that dangerous statistic.

Our Chicago personal injury lawyers can help if you or a loved one have been involved in a serious motorcycle accident. With numerous awards and accolades to our name, our attorneys pride themselves on aggressively fighting for the rights of the injured in Illinois.

Meet the accident attorneys at our firm and contact us for a free case evaluation to discuss your case and the compensation you may be eligible to receive in a personal injury case.