A recent study indicates that young motorcyclists who live in states that have implemented a mandatory helmet law have a significantly lowered risk of experiencing traumatic brain injury over those riders who live in states where helmet use is required only under the age of 18 or 21.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when normal brain functions are hampered after a blow or jolt to the head. Annually, in the United States, TBI prompts 2.5 million emergency room visits and accounts for about 30% of all injury-related deaths. And, with the ever-increasing popularity of riding, the occurrence of motorcyclist injuries has risen too. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that nearly one-quarter of nonfatal motorcyclist injuries seen in the ER between 2001 and 2008 were to the head and neck.
Using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample database, the researchers selected 598 patients who had suffered a TBI as either the driver or passenger of a motorcycle. Based on the helmet laws of the states in which the accident victim lived, they were placed into one of three categories- those with 1) universal helmet laws, 2) under 18 helmet laws, or 3) under 21 helmet laws.
When other variables were eliminated, the researchers were able to ascertain that young riders were approximately 2.5 times less likely to suffer a TBI if they lived in states with a universal helmet law, as opposed to those riders living in states with age-restricted helmet laws. Additionally, there was a significantly lower rate of fatalities among these riders
Despite proof that helmets protect riders from injury, states still differ on their positions where helmet laws are concerned. A few states, such as Alabama, California and New York have compulsory helmet laws for all riders. Other states including Connecticut, Kentucky, and Ohio require riders under a certain age to wear helmets. Still others, such as Colorado, North Carolina, and Illinois have no mandatory helmet law for riders of any age. And more states are now considering repealing the helmet laws they do have in place.
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