Data indicates that motorcycle accident fatalities have declined in recent years and officials are attributing that decline, in part, to safer riding practices, such as wearing helmets. Our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm point out that, in spite of these improvements, lawmakers say more can be done to reduce motorcycle injuries and fatalities.
One way lawmakers are hoping to further lower the motorcycle injury and fatality rates is by placing stricter regulations on the standards motorcycle helmets must meet. Some helmets that are available on the market today are cheaply made and do not meet performance standards. So, lawmakers are hoping to lay out a clearer definitions of what constitutes a “novelty” helmet.
Clarifying these standards could very well save more lives. According to an article in The Washington Post, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted a study comparing helmets approved by the department of transportation (DOT) to helmets that don’t meet DOT standards. The study looked at hospital visits after motorcycle accidents and found that 56 percent of riders who wore unapproved helmets suffered head injuries, compared to just 19 percent who wore DOT-approved helmets.
While we realize motorcycle helmets can significantly reduce the chances of a biker being seriously harmed in the event of an accident, there are other actions you can take to protect yourself. Our founding attorney at the Skolrood Law Firm, Mark Skolrood, has been an avid motorcyclist for decades and believes these motorcycle safety tips could save a life.