What Role Do Helmets Play in Motorcycle Accident Injuries?

by Staff Blogger | November 19th, 2015

Most motorcyclists understand that wearing a helmet when riding significantly reduces the chances of head injuries and death in the event of a crash. However, does this life saving piece of equipment put motorcyclists who are involved in crashes at risk of other injuries? The Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers at the Skolrood Law Firm explain a new study indicates the answer to that question is an astounding “yes.”

Researchers examined records of approximately 86,000 motorcyclists who were injured in crashes between 2007 and 2010. The results were published in a recent issue of JAMA Surgery and showed that while motorcyclists who wore helmets were less likely to suffer head and brain injuries, they were more inclined to suffer serious motorcycle accident injuries to other parts of the body, including arms, legs, and the torso.

An article from Reuters explains the reason for this could be that motorcyclists who wear helmets have greater survival rates than those who don’t wear helmets. Still, others say it could be that riders who wear helmets may feel better protected and, therefore, be more likely to speed.

Regardless of the reason why helmeted riders are likely to suffer serious motorcycle accident injuries in an accident, officials say riders should continue to wear helmets and other protective gear as well.

While safety gear can protect you in the event of an accident, taking certain precautions while riding motorcycles can help you prevent accidents altogether. Take a look at these motorcycle safety tips to learn more about what you can do to prevent accidents while riding.