Motorcycle Helmets Save Lives; Riders More Likely to Survive When Wearing a Helmet
GEORGIA – According to an online report at covnews.com, in light of May being Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Georgia, motorcycle riders are reminded about wearing a helmet, which could save their lives.*
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in the State of Georgia. This campaign is urging riders to wear helmets, which has been shown to lower the incidents and seriousness of traumatic brain injuries that often result in motorcycle accidents.
“Statistics and common sense tell us that motorcycle helmets provide the best available protection against severe head injury in the event of a crash,” says the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Driver Services. “The most important thing for a motorcycle rider to know is that wearing a helmet reduces the risk of dying in a crash by 37 percent.”
Riding a motorcycle is the most hazardous type of motor vehicle transportation, with riders being about thirty percent more likely to perish in a traffic crash when compared to those in a passenger car, per a study conducted by the National Highway Safety Administration.
Fatalities in motorcycle accidents in Georgia are steadily on the incline. Per the Georgia Department of Transportation, back in 2018, there were one hundred fifty three motorcycle riders who died in traffic accidents. This represents an eleven percent increase from one hundred thirty nine motorcycle-related deaths in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis System. Fatalities in motorcycle accidents accounted for about ten percent of the total highway deaths in Georgia back in 2018.
As a result of the risks of riding a motorcycle, wearing a helmet is the first step to saving your life should you be involved in an accident. The second step is to maintain your helmet, and replace it every three to five years depending on your rate of usage. If your helmet experiences any form of impact, replace it immediately.
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