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Riding a motorcycle gives riders a sense of freedom on the open road. However, there are serious dangers involved in riding without a helmet.
A motorcycle does not provide the structural protection that a car does to keep drivers safe in the event of an accident.
Motorcyclists need to take extra precautions to protect their body. The most important place to start is by protecting the head.
The head and brain is most vulnerable to injury in a motorcycle accident. Drivers and passengers wearing helmets increase their chance of survival significantly over non-helmet wearers.
In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated 1,699 lives were saved because individuals wore helmets. From 2008 to 2010, there were 14,283 motorcyclist fatalities in the United States, and 6,057 (42%) of those who died were not wearing helmets.
It is important for motorcyclists to understand the risks of riding without a helmet. Riders who do not wear helmets are at risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury if they are in an accident. Without protection, the head is vulnerable to a traumatic impact in an accident even when traveling at low speeds.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studies of non-fatal motorcycle injuries reveal that riders who did not wear a helmet had higher health care costs, longer hospitalization, longer recovery periods, and an increased loss in quality of life.