This month we’re talking about some important ways you can stay safe, because-in case you missed it-June is National Safety Month!
Throughout June, the National Safety Council and thousands of other organizations across the country are working to “Keep Each Other Safe.” This month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, in homes and communities, and of course, on the road.
No Helmet = Setting Yourself Up for Injury
As a society, we’ve greatly improved road safety over the past few decades, from regular seatbelt use to a decline in drunk driving. One method that is still consistently dismissed, however, is wearing a helmet while riding on a motorcycle. According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, approximately 34% of motorcyclists surveyed in 2011 said they did not wear a helmet when on their motorcycle.
Meanwhile, a study by the University of Southern California found that wearing a helmet was the single most important factor in surviving a motorcycle crash. You can’t argue with that. Think you can? The World Health Organization reports that wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of serious injury by 70%!
Helmets Prevent Serious Head Trauma
When a motorcycle accident occurs, the force of the crash almost always causes the rider to be thrown from the motorcycle, leaving his or her body vulnerable as it hits the ground. If you can protect your head from that direct contact with the ground, it can mean preventing a serious brain injury that causes life-changing behavior, if not a coma or death.
While motorcycle helmets are not required by law in Missouri, this information proves how invaluable wearing a helmet can be in the case of an accident.
Motorcycle Accident Victims
Helmet or not, if you do suffer from a motorcycle accident injury because of another driver’s negligence, a Kansas City motorcycle crash attorney can help you navigate the claims process and stand up for yourself when someone else is at fault.
For more information and statistics on motorcycle safety and wearing a helmet, check out this study published by the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Safety Traffic Administration.