Motorcycle Helmet – Safety Effectiveness Statistics

In the previous post (“The Continual Debate On Illinois Having No Motorcycle Helmet Law“) gave various motorcyclist perspectives and background concerning the continual debate on whether Illinois should have a motorcycle helmet law.

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has a page titled “Traffic Safety Facts.” (pdf)

Although this page is from 2008, it has a variety of statistics and commentary on motorcycle accidents.  With regard to the effectiveness of motorcycle helmets, some excerpts (on page 6) include :

NHTSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,829 motorcyclists in 2008. If all motorcyclists had worn helmets, an additional 823 lives could have been saved.

Helmets are estimated to be 37-percent effective in preventing fatal injuries to
motorcycle riders and 41-percent for motorcycle passengers.

This means for every 100 motorcycle riders killed in crashes while not wearing a helmet, 37 of them could have been saved had all 100 worn helmets.


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