In a new federal study released Thursday, the CDC, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, re-affirms that fewer motorcyclists die in states that require helmets, and the costs to society are lower too.
According to the CDC, motorcycles account for about 3 percent of the registered vehicles on the road. But about 14 percent of the people who die in traffic accidents are motorcyclists. About five times as many no-helmet biker deaths occur in states with less restrictive laws.
The study focused on 2008 through 2010 and counted 14,283 deaths of motorcyclists. That included 6,057 bikers with no helmet. Only about 12 percent of those deaths occurred in the 20 states that required everyone on motorcycles to wear helmets. The researchers also made 2010 cost calculations based on medical expenses and lost work productivity from motorcycle deaths and injuries. “In 2010, more than $3 billion in economic costs were saved due to helmet use in the United States,” CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a statement. “Another $1.4 billion could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.” The full CDC report can be downloaded HERE.