Utah Motorcycle Accident Death Rate Reduced with Helmet Use

Three motorcyclists are expected to recover from head injuries suffered during a charity bike ride on Sunday, May 16, 2010 in Park City, Utah. The 15th annual Kids Benefit Ride resulted in the crash of three motorcyclists. According to The Utah Highway Patrol and KSL news, nearly 300 motorcycles were traveling in the charity ride and one bike was following too closely and collided with another when it slowed down. None of three riders injured were wearing helmets at the time of the accident. Shriners Hospital is the beneficiary of the event and, although they are very grateful for the funds raised they are working with event organizers to assure the event is safe for all participants.

The Utah Safety Council says Utah riders are 84% more likely to die in a Utah motorcycle accident if they are not wearing a helmet. “Drivers and passengers on motorcycles are virtually unprotected. They’re not protected by 3,000 pounds of steel, as is the case in a motor vehicle,” says Bob Parenti, president of the Utah Safety Council. Except for riders under the age of 18, helmets are still not required under Utah law so many riders choose not to wear them.

Helmets decrease the severity of head injuries and the likelihood of death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that helmets reduce the chance of a motorcycle-related fatality by 37 percent. Those motorcyclists that do not wear helmets often receive traumatic brain injuries when they are in an accident.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah motorcycle accident attorney.