Connecticut's motorcycle laws could be saving more lives
Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jul 21, 2014 in Motorcycle Accidents
Every time someone enters the roadway in a motor vehicle, there is a certain amount of risk assumed. However, as individuals, it makes sense to be as cautious and thoughtful as possible to reduce the risk of accident-related injuries. For motorcyclists, this probably means following traffic laws and wearing a helmet.
Connecticut law has a "partial" helmet mandate. This means that only bikers under the age of 18 must wear a helmet. Any riders who have reached the age of majority do not face any restrictions in terms of helmet use. According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 15 lives and $30 million were saved as the result of Connecticut’s helmet law in 2010 alone. If the state had a universal helmet law, the numbers might be even higher.
In any case, motorcyclists are very exposed while on their bikes. As a result, any type of accident has the potential to result in severe injuries. Wearing a helmet in this situation can help reduce the severity of head injuries resulting from a motorcycle crash.
With all of this in mind, motorcyclists do not have any less right to be on the road or feel safe while riding. The sad reality is that bikers can do everything in their power to follow the law and be smart riders, but other motorists might not demonstrate the same level of caution. In a collision between a motorcycle and any larger vehicle, it's almost always the biker who pays the highest cost.
In the wake of a motorcycle accident, victims and their loved ones can explore their legal options to help level that playing field. At the very least, it may be helpful to take some steps in order for affected parties to move forward.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Injury Prevention & Control: Motor Vehicle Safety," accessed July 21, 2014