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Motorcycle Helmet Use Up – But Not Enough

More motorcyclists used helmets in 2011 than in the previous year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, but that there is still significant room for improvement.

According to a recent DOT report, the use of helmets was at 66 percent in 2011, up from 54 percent in 2010. Helmet use reached its high of 71 percent in 2000 but dropped to 48 percent in 2005.

Their survey looked solely at DOT-compliant helmets, which are identified by a sticker on the back and are at least one inch thick or cover a cyclist’s ears.

Both New Jersey and New York require all motorcyclists to wear helmets. Eighteen other states and the District of Columbia also mandate helmets to help keep riders safe in the event of accidents.

When a motorcycle is involved in an accident, the likelihood of a serious injury is quite great. A rider has no airbags or metal construction for protection. When you are involved in a motorcycle accident, the only thing between you and the road is your protective gear.

From 2001 to 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed and more than 1.2 million were injured in accidents nationwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that while all other accidents fell in 2008, motorcycle accidents reached an all-time high.

More people are riding than ever before. And many of these riders are not greatly experienced, which could play a role in the growing number of accidents.

This isn’t to say every motorcycle accident is the fault of the cyclist—not by a long shot. But motorcyclists must be extra careful for they face a greater risk of injury and death than someone in a car.

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

The New York and New Jersey accident lawyers of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., represent people who have been hurt in motorcycle accidents and other types of collisions that aren’t their fault. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact us today to discuss your legal options. We can be reached at 1-800-LAW-2000 now.