As the seasons change and the weather moves steadily toward summer, the long hibernation for motorcycle enthusiasts comes to an end. Whether a weekend trip through Door County or just a short ride to work, motorcyclists have plenty of options for riding in Wisconsin, including the freedom to choose whether or not to wear a helmet.

A recent accident in the town of Medina – just east of Madison – provides an opportunity for all riders to review safe riding tips, including the potential benefits of wearing a helmet.

On April 17, two eastbound motorcycles collided sending three riders to the hospital, one with life-threatening injuries. None of the riders was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Statistics Show Benefits of Wearing a Helmet

According to a 2004 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report, motorcyclists who wear helmets improve their chances of accident survival by 37 percent. A 2009 NHTSA report indicates that motorcyclists who wear helmets are less likely to sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Devastating injuries aside, motorcyclists suffering TBIs incur hospital costs 13 times higher than those of motorcyclists who do not experience TBIs during accidents.

What If …

While it may never be known if wearing a helmet would have prevented the life-threatening injuries suffered by the motorcyclist involved in the Medina accident, statistics show that wearing helmets provides potential benefits to riders.

If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, seek medical assistance even if you believe your injuries are minor. Consult an experienced personal injury after a motorcycle accident to learn about your legal options.

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