motorcycle helmet safety | Phoenix Personal Injury Law Blog - Breyer Law Offices, P.C.
It is well-known that motorcycle helmets can greatly reduce the risk of head injuries, especially traumatic brain injuries, suffered in Arizona motorcycle accidents. A new study conducted by Johns Hopkins shows that helmets can also reduce the risk of cervical spine injuries.
Previous studies suggested that a helmet could actually cause additional spinal injuries by adding extra torque on the neck during a collision. But, according to a February 9, 2011 article in News-Line, the John Hopkins study reports that helmeted riders “were 22 percent less likely to suffer cervical spine injury than those without helmets.” It is not clear if this new study will have an impact on state laws relating to motorcycle helmet use.
Arizona motorcycle accidents often lead to major head injuries that can be fatal or disable the victim for life. In Arizona, riders are only required to wear a helmet only if they are under the age of 18. However, it has been consistently proven that wearing a helmet greatly increases survival rates among motorcycle accident victims. Helmets also significantly reduce the likelihood of the rider suffering a traumatic brain injury. If you are going to ride a motorcycle in Arizona, it is in your best interest to purchase a helmet and to ride with caution.
There is no point in getting a helmet if you are not going to get one that will properly protect you. Any motorcycle helmet you use should have a Department of Transportation (DOT) sticker on the back. This is proof that the helmet has been tested and that it will function properly in the event of an Arizona motorcycle accident.
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