A ‘super majority’ of Michigan residents oppose the April 2012 repeal of Michigan’s nearly 40-year-old, lifesaving motorcycle helmet law. They also believe that Michigan motorcyclists should not have the choice of whether to wear a helmet, according a recent MLive survey which was conducted by Marketing Resource Group in Lansing.
In “MLive survey: Poll shows a near ‘super majority’ oppose new law lifting motorcycle helmet mandate,” MLive writer John Barnes explains:
“Nearly two-thirds of adults surveyed oppose the state’s new helmet-choice law for motorcyclists …”
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.
Today I’d like to continue the discussion about choosing the right motorcycle helmet. Wearing a motorcycle helmet in Michigan is more important now than ever, as the law requiring motorcycle helmet use has been repealed.
Brittany Morrow, a renowned motorcycle safety advocate and sadly a very serious motorcycle accident victim herself, is sharing some of her helmet advice. Last week, I blogged about Brittany’s motorcycle accident, which skinned nearly 50 percent of her body and nearly killed her — if it weren’t for her helmet. Now Brittany is taking her traumatic experience and teaching motorcyclists all about the importance of wearing the right motorcycle safety gear with her nonprofit organization Rock the Gear.
During Motorcycle Safety Awareness month in May, the most simple safety tip I can give, as a lawyer helping people injured in motorcycle accidents for nearly 20 years, is still to wear your helmet.
This is more important now than ever, since the law allowing Michigan motorcyclists to ride without helmets was passed and signed on April 12, 2012. Just one month later, there has been a jump in deaths and injuries involving helmetless riders.
I’ve been blogging in depth about the looming motorcycle helmet repeal, which will allow motorcyclists 21 and over to ride without a helmet in Michigan.
My experience as a Michigan motorcycle accident lawyer gives me a different perspective on this issue — aside from the black and white argument that some people make regarding freedom, liberty and the right to ride with “the wind in my hair.”
That unique perspective as an injury lawyer guarantees three things will happen if the motorcycle helmet law is repealed:
Well, looks like the Michigan Legislature is going to pass the motorcycle helmet repeal, enabling motorcyclists 21 and over to ride without a helmet in Michigan.
As a motorcycle lawyer whose law firm has probably handled more motorcycle accident injury lawsuits than any other attorney in Michigan, I can say from experience that there are many things wrong with this proposed helmet repeal. As I told Dr. Frank McGeorge, a television news reporter from Channel 4 who interviewed me last week about the serious risks of the motorcycle repeal, with the increased risks of traumatic brain injury and other catastrophic injuries for motorcycle riders, this is just a boondoggle for Michigan insurance companies. These insurance companies are shifting the risk and the financial responsibility onto Michigan taxpayers.
Today the state House passed a bill repealing Michigan’s law that requires motorcyclists to wear protective motorcycle helmets.
Even though the motorcycle helmet repeal has now passed the Senate and the House, it’s still unclear whether the Gov. will sign it. Gov. Snyder has made several public statements that he would consider the motorcycle helmet repeal, but as part of a larger effort to “reform” Michigan’s No-Fault insurance system. It seems every day brings us closer to being a state that allows its motorcyclists to ride without helmets. Stay tuned for more legal updates about the helmet repeal.
This is the second in my series about the rebuttal to my blog, 7 reasons every state should pass a motorcycle helmet law, which was inspired by a document that I found on a motorcyclist association website called SMARTER.
A reader named Clay responded on August 30, 2011 with what he called his “rebuttal to your 7 reasons why I should be forced to wear a helmet.”
I was recently interviewed on Oakland Connection, which airs on public television channels across Oakland County. The host, Timothy Burns (also a very good lawyer who handles many different areas of law), asked my opinions as a Michigan accident lawyer on some possible changes in Michigan law.
Here’s the full show: