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.
Motorcycle accidents happen far too often in Wisconsin. Near Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay and even in the rural areas of the state. Knowledge of this problem 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.
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.
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 your injuries are minor. Then, consult an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn about your legal options.
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