Friday, January 17, 2014

Motorcycle helmet impact zones

Facts Wearing the proper motorcycle helmet saves lives and reduces concussions and other head injuries.

In 2008, 1,829 motorcyclists nationwide were saved by wearing their helmets.

Motorcycle helmets are estimated to be 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle riders and 42% effective for passengers.

Helmets are 67% effective in preventing brain injuries in crashes; riders without helmets are three times more likely to have a brain injury as a result of a crash than helmeted riders.

Head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes.

Motorcycle Helmet use resulted in a savings of approximately $19.5 billion in economic costs from 1984 to 2002. If all motorcyclists had worn helmets during this time period, an additional $14.8 billion would have been saved.

According to NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law, Section 381 ( ), requires helmets to meet federal motor vehicle safety standards, section 571.218. Look for the US DOT sticker on the helmet to identify ones that meet the standard. 'Novelty' helmets do not meet the required standard, and, therefore, do not provide sufficient protection.

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