What Lawmakers Need to Know about Legislative Enactments for Motorcyclist Safety
How Helmet Laws Can Help Save Motorcyclists' lives
- GHSA 2014 Preliminary Data: GHSA projects the final motorcyclist fatality total for 2014 will be 4,584 - approximately 1.8 percent less than the 4,668 recorded in 2013. This will be the second straight year in which this number has decreased and only the third decrease since 1997. While the projected decline in motorcyclist fatalities is good news, the report points out that motorcycle safety progress lags behind that of other motor vehicles. For example, in 2013, the rate of motorcyclist fatalities per registered vehicle was about the same as in 1997. There is little evidence that risk factors for motorcyclists have been reduced in recent years, and fluctuations in motorcyclist fatalities are likely to have more to do with economic factors and weather patterns affecting exposure.
- Spotlight on Highway Safety: Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State - a report of 2011 preliminary data released May 2012 by the GHSA recommends five strategies states can implement to help save the lives of motorcyclists:
- Encourage all drivers to share the road with motorcyclists
- Provide motorcycle operator training to all who need or seek it
- Reduce speeding
- Reduce alcohol impairment
- Increase helmet use
- Helmet Use Among Motorcyclists Who Died in Crashes and Economic Cost Savings Associated With State Motorcycle Helmet Laws — United States, 2008–2010 - results of study released June 15, 2012, confirms previous findings that helmets save lives and money and universal helmet laws are the most effective way to increase helmet use
With more people in the United States riding motorcycles today than ever before, motorcyclist deaths and injuries are an important public health concern. The most effective way to get people to wear helmets is by passing and enforcing a universal helmet law. This type of law requires all motorcycle riders and passengers of all ages to wear helmets whenever they ride.
- Motorcycle Helmets and Helmet Use Laws: Research Facts Every Rider and Legislator Needs to Know - this six-page Q&A document by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety addresses 12 common concerns about helmet use and helmet laws and provides 30 reference citations
- Top Reasons Why Every State Should Pass an All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law - this one-page document by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety succinctly delineates seven reasons in support of mandatory helmet laws
- All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Laws Save Lives and Tax Dollars: A Rider's Personal Choice Stops Being Personal When It Ends Up Costing Us All - this one-page document by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety reveals why repealing all-rider helmet laws is bad fiscal policy