Helmets Save the Lives of Indiana Bikers

by fst | February 1st, 2012

February 1, 2012

While riding a motorcycle or moped can be an effective and efficient way of getting around town, they do present a greater risk of injury to the rider in the event of an accident.

Take for instance the case reported by WTHITV 10 News yesterday of a moped rider left in critical condition after crashing into a vehicle without a helmet on. The crash happened at around 4:00 Monday afternoon at the intersection of Johnson Avenue and US-41 when the 49-year-old male moped driver collided with the rear end of a sedan. The man was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where he remains in critical condition.

While Indiana state law only requires riders under the age of 18-years-old to wear a helmet and eye protection, the practice is considered one of the most effective ways to prevent injury, no matter the rider’s age. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), helmets are 67 percent effective in preventing traumatic brain injuries.

Head injuries are the leading cause of death for motorcycle accident victims in the United States today, and that two-thirds of operators involved in fatal crashes were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

The Indiana motorcycle accident lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin ask that bikers protect themselves from injury by always wearing approved safety gear when out riding. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident at no fault of your own, contact an experienced attorney today.

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