Every motorcyclist, like every driver, faces the risk of injury when they are out on the road. While both drivers and bikers face risks, those who travel via motorcycle are particularly vulnerable since their vehicle has no external protection. Still, many motorcycle accidents are preventable and automobile drivers bear the responsibility for keeping Erie roads safe for motorcyclists.
According to a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riders who wear a helmet are nearly 30 percent less likely to die from crash-related injuries than those who don't wear helmets. The director of the motorcycle and RV division for GEICO noted that a helmet is the most important piece of protective gear a biker can use. In addition to helmets, bikers often shield themselves from the elements via leather jackets, long pants and boots. The director for GEICO also noted that a helmet alone may not be entirely sufficient; it's important that riders choose helmets approved by the Department of Transportation.
Pennsylvania is a state which features "partial" helmet laws, which mean that, generally, adults are not required to wear helmets while riding. Helmet usage is much higher in states with "universal" helmet laws, which require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets all the time. According to the NHTSA survey, the rate of helmet use last year in the United States was around 60 percent.
In Pennsylvania, anyone younger than 21 must wear a helmet while on a motorcycle. After age 21, riders are not required to wear helmets if they have been riding for at least two years or have completed a state safety course. Helmets must meet the minimum requirements set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, as well the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Helmets must feature protective eyewear, and the state recommends the shatter-proof variety.
With or without a helmet, a
can have devastating results for a biker. It's important to wear a helmet, even if not required by law, to help ward off the most serious types of head injury and neck injury. Still, even broken bones can prove serious if in the right places and all injuries can be costly. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help a motorcycle accident victim take the next steps towards financial recovery after a wreck.
Source: Claims Journal, "
Motorcycle helmets increase chances of survival by 29%: GEICO
," Oct. 16, 2014