• Repealed Michigan Helmet Law Equals More Motorcycle Accidents
  • July 5, 2012 | Author: Daniel L. Buckfire
  • Law Firm: Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. - Southfield Office
  • Two months ago Governor Rick Snyder repealed the law that required all motorcyclists in Michigan to wear helmets. Since repealing this law, making wearing a helmet optional, there have been 719 motorcyclists and their passengers involved in accidents from April 12th, 2012 until June 17th, 2012. Police did not record helmet use or non-usage in each incidence like they are supposed to, but of the 654 cases this statistic was recorded, 20% of riders were not wearing a helmet. This 20% of bikers in fact did sustain more serious serious injuries in a motorcycle accident than the 80% who did were wearing helmets.

    More statistics were compiled showing the importance of wearing a helmet. These numbers are represented in the table below:

     

     No Helmet:129 Riders

    Helmet:525 Riders 

    Incapacitating Injury

     24.8%

     16.2%

    Non-Incapacitating Injury

     32.6%

     33.5%

    Possible Injury

     20.1%

     25.7%

    No Injury    

     17.8%

     23%

    Death

     4.7%

     1.5%


    Additional Michigan motorcycle accident statistics include:

    • The first month after the motorcycle helmet law repeal only 17% of motorcyclists in crashes were without helmets. This number rose to nearly 22% in the second month.
    • One in five bike accidents occurred between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. - with more than 1/3 happening on weekends.
    • It is estimated there will be about 30 additional motorcycle fatalities and 127 additional incapacitating injuries each year following the repeal.

    Riders can sustain a number of serious injuries when in a motorcycle accident. These injuries are usually more severe when the rider is not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident. These injuries include:

    • Closed Head/traumatic brain injury
    • Spinal Cord injuries
    • Broken bones
    • Fractures
    • Back and neck injuries
    • Shoulder injuries
    • Knee injuries
    • Scarring and disfigurement
    • Burn injuries

    If you, a family member, or a friend is injured in a Michigan motorcycle accident contact a lawyer immediately to find out your rights. The experienced motorcycle crash attorneys of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. will represent injured victims under our NO FEE promise. Call our office today at (800) 606-1717 for a free consultation with one of our top rated motorcycle accident lawyers!