Motorcycle Safety Guide: Helmet Laws Save Lives and Money
How Do States Measure Up?
In 2010, 42% of motorcyclists who were fatally injured were unhelmeted. Helmets saved over 1,500 riders’ lives, but about 700 more lives could have been saved if all riders had worn helmets in 2010.24
On average, states with a universal helmet law save 8 times more riders’ lives per 100,000 motorcycle registrations each year, compared to states without a helmet law, and save 3 times more riders’ lives per 100,000 motorcycle registrations each year, compared to states with a partial helmet law.24
Economic costs saved in states with universal helmet laws were, on average, nearly four times greater per registered motorcycle than in states without such a law.
Motorcycle Helmet Laws in the United States, as of May 2012
**In April 2012, Michigan changed their helmet law from a universal to a partial helmet law. Please note that the lives saved and dollars saved analyses use 2010 data and reflect the status of the helmet laws at that time.
Lives & Economic Costs Saved, by State
Lives saved by helmet use per 100,000 registered motorcycles by state, 2010
Note: For comparison purposes, lives saved are standardized by motorcycle registrations (per 100,000 registrations) for each state.
Economic Costs Saved
Economic costs saved by helmet use per registered motorcycle by state, 2010
Note: For comparison purposes, money saved is standardized by motorcycle registrations for each state.
|State||Lives Saved per 100,000 Registered Motorcycles by State, 2010||Annual Costs Saved per Registered Motorcycle by State, 2010|
References are located on the Endnotes page.
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