|Petersburg (Tex.) Volunteer Fire Dept. photo|
“Fewer motorcyclists die in states that require helmets, and
the costs to society are lower too,” reports Mike Stobbe for The Associated
Press. About five times as many no-helmet biker deaths occur in states with
less restrictive laws.
Prevention, looked at 14,283 motorcycle-related deaths from 2008 to 2010. Of
those, 6,027 bikers did not wear a helmet. “Only about 12 percent of those
deaths occurred in the 20 states that required everyone on motorbikes to wear
helmets,” Stobbe reports.
all states had helmet laws, the CDC concluded. Motorcycles account for about 3 percent of vehicles on the
road, but 14 percent of deaths caused by traffic accidents. (Read more)