While 439,678 motorcycles were sold in the U.S. 2010, the report states there were 82,000 injuries and 4,502 deaths. The average cost for a fatal crash was estimated at $1.2 million, while the cost for injuries ranged from $2,500 to $1.4 million depending upon the severity ( In 2011, approximately 440,899 motorcycles and scooters were sold in the U.S.) The report also says laws requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets are the only strategy proven effective in reducing fatalities and injuries. Several studies have estimated helmets reduce the risk of death by as much as 39 percent.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated helmets saved the lives of 1,550 motorcyclists in 2010. Today, 19 states have “full” helmet laws, another 28 states have “partial” helmet laws that require only some riders to wear helmets, usually riders under age 21 or 18. The remaining have no helmet laws. The National Transportation Safety Board dropped mandatory helmet laws from their list of ten “most wanted” safety improvements earlier this month, angering some safety advocates. Motorcycling advocate groups continue to argue that educating car drivers to look out for motorcyclists, and teaching motorcyclists how to ride safely is the ultimate solution for saving lives. (pictures @ HD)