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Should You Wear a Motorcycle Helmet? A Seattle Injury Attorney Weighs in

Andrew Kim
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Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Wrongful Death and Catastrofic Injuries Attorney

In Washington State this spring, local lawmakers are considering a new bill that would end the universal helmet laws and allow adults over the age of 18 to decide whether or not to don a certified helmet when they ride their motorcycles. While supporters of the law believe that riders should have the freedom to decide to wear a safety helmet, others believe that a law requiring everyone to wear helmets saves lives and is better for the greater good. 

If you need convincing that a motorcycle helmet is a good choice for you, regardless of whether or not the official law changes, here are a few facts that may interest you: 

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), wearing a helmet reduces the motorcycle accident fatality rate by 37 percent.
  • Also according to the NHTSA, head injuries are the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents. 
  • Motorcyclists who do not wear helmets are three times more likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). 
  • Motorcycle helmets do not just reduce the chance of a head injury, they also reduces the likelihood of a neck or spine injury. 
  • A motorcycle rider without a helmet is 15 percent more likely to suffer a head injury than a rider with a helmet. 
  • Motorcycle riders are 18 times more likely to die in a traffic accident than those driving cars, per mile traveled. 
  • Motorcycles make up only 2 percent of all vehicles on the road, but motorcycle riders make up 7 percent of all traffic accident fatalities. 
  • According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, it is a myth that motorcycle helmets make it more difficult to hear traffic—in fact, it may improve hearing by reducing wind noise. 
  • The NHTSA believes that over 600 lives are saved each year by motorcycle helmets – and that another 400 riders could be saved if everyone wore a helmet. 

If you have been injured in a Washington State motorcycle accident, it is important to know your rights and your legal options. To speak to an experienced Seattle personal injury attorney about your potential case, call the Andrew Kim Law Firm today to schedule a free, private consultation: 1.800.636.3676.