Motorcycles Accidents and Brain Injuries: What You Need to Know
It’s easy to go without a motorcycle helmet if you don’t think about it. After all, you might think, you’re just going to get some gas or pick up something to eat. But if you get into an accident, the consequences of not wearing a helmet can be life altering.
Head Injuries are the leading cause of deaths on a motorcycle.
Head injuries are the main cause of fatalities in motorcycle accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than 80,000 riders suffer head injuries each year, and more than 4,000 people died in 2011 and in 2010 as a result of their head injuries. Forty percent of the fatally injured motorcyclists were not wearing helmets.
Helmets can help prevent such catastrophic injuries as skull fractures, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. They are also critical in keeping road debris from flying in your face and causing an accident.
While in Kansas, only those younger than 18 are required to wear a helmet, Missouri has a universal helmet law that covers every age. So make sure that your helmet meets federal standards, with a thick inner liner, sturdy chin straps and rivets, no spikes or protruding decorations and a DOT-approved sticker.
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