I came across this great piece of motorcycle helmet art in a Cycle World column: Helmets make riding motorcycles safer. Hello.
Kudos to GOOD marketing. This piece really illustrates how fragile our heads and brains are, especially considering the physics of what happenswhenever someone suffers a brain injury in a motorcycle accident.
According to the Cycle World article, only 19 states (and the District of Columbia) currently require motorcycle helmets. The remaining states having helmet laws based on rider age.
But as this picture shows, and it should be plain enough to see, helmets save lives.
Last week I blogged about a disturbing Mlive analysis of Michigan motorcycle accident injuries and deaths since the motorcycle helmet law repeal in April. Sadly, my earlier predictions are coming true, and more motorcyclists without helmets are dying and becoming seriously injured at an increased rate, than before the helmet law repeal.
Now MLive has released an interesting new analysis looking into what group of riders is more likely to cause a motorcycle accident: riders with or without helmets.
It comes as no surprise to our attorneys, as we help people injured in motorcycle crashes throughout Michigan, but a recent federal CDC study says that universal motorcycle helmet laws save money and save lives.
Universal helmet laws require all motorcyclists to wear helmets whenever they ride. Michigan used to have a universal motorcycle helmet law, until this past April, when Gov. Snyder signed a repeal of the motorcycle helmet law in this state. Now Michigan motorcyclists who are 21 and over and have certain certifications can ride with the wind in their hair. This is referred to as a partial helmet law (a law that only requires specific groups to wear helmets, usually younger riders).
Since the motorcycle helmet repeal passed in April, our attorneys have been flooded with questions about the new helmet law and how it affects people injured in motorcycle accidents. We’ve also received a lot of questions about insurance and what motorcycle owners need to do now.
Here it goes. I’ll keep adding to this as the questions keep coming in.
Motorcyclists 21 and older who have certain certifications can legally ride without a motorcycle helmet. They’re also required to purchase $20,000 in No-Fault PIP coverage in case of a motorcycle accident.
The bill designed to repeal our 40-year-old law requiring Michigan motorcyclists to wear a helmet was signed into law by Governor Snyder on Thursday. Now the law requiring Michigan motorcycle owners to ride with a helmet is no more, as our motorcycle lawyers had been predicting.
I was quoted in a Detroit Free Press front-page story about the motorcycle helmet repeal on Saturday. I told the Detroit Free Press that this is a terrible law and that, “More people are going to die, more people are going to be catastrophically injured, it’s going to cost taxpayers a lot more, and there’s absolutely no reason for it.”
Our worst predictions have come true. Gov. Snyder has signed the repeal of Michigan’s nearly 40-year-old, lifesaving mandatory motorcycle helmet law.
This means motorcyclists 21 and older who have certain certifications can now legally ride without a motorcycle helmet. It would also require them to purchase $20,000 in No-Fault PIP coverage in case of a motorcycle accident.
Let’s be honest, please.
I read a fantastic column by Jack Lessenberry about the looming Michigan motorcycle helmet law repeal that is now awaiting Gov. Snyder’s signature after it passed in the Senate and House last week.
Lessenberry’s column, Michigan helmet law repeal, bad idea?, made the points as only Lessenberry can, points that both myself and our own motorcycle accident attorneys have been making, starting with the fact that “we don’t have the right to cause others harm, or cost the taxpayers money for no good reason” under SB 291.
First off, you know I’ve written quite a bit about how dangerous SB 291 is, a senseless proposal to repeal Michigan’s motorcycle helmet law. SB 291 would enable motorcyclists 21 and up to ride without a helmet. It would also require them to purchase a completely inadequate amount of additional Michigan No-Fault insurance coverage. That is, completely inadequate to actually pay the medical bills and protect any motorcycle rider in the event of a serious motorcycle accident injury.
I was recently interviewed, as a motorcycle accident lawyer for nearly 20 years, on an Internet radio show about Michigan’s motorcycle helmet repeal. The helmet repeal law is awaiting Governor Snyder’s pen, and it will end our nearly 40-year-old motorcycle helmet law requirement. This is all a very bad idea.
The new law allows Michigan motorcyclists who are at least 21 years old to ride without a helmet. As I’ve been saying all along, this law will cause more motorcycle accident injuries, more deaths and will leave the taxpayers holding the bill.
It may be cold outside, but the debate over the proposed Michigan helmet law repeal (SB 291) is red-hot.
As motorcycle accident attorneys, I would like to share some recent statistics on Michigan motorcycle accidents that involved injury and death from crashes.
These 2010 statistics highlight the dire need to keep our state motorcycle helmet law requirement.
Motorcycle registrations: 266,772 motorcycle registrations (up .02 percent)
Motorcycle accidents: 3,362 reported motorcycle accidents (down 2.5 percent)
Motorcycle accident injuries: 2,664 injured motorcyclists (down 2.2 percent)