Are You Aware of California’s Motorcycle Helmet Laws?

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Under California motorcycle helmet laws, all riders are required to wear helmets while riding, and not just those who are below the age of 17, or just amateur motorcyclists.

No matter whether you’re a beginner motorcyclist or a professional who has been motorcycling for many years, you will need to wear a motorcycle helmet at all times. California is one of the few states in the country that has stringent universal motorcycle helmet laws for all motorcyclist riders and passengers.

Under California motorcycle helmet laws, all riders are required to wear helmets while riding, and not just those who are below the age of 17, or just amateur motorcyclists. These laws have helped reduce the number of people being killed in   accidents in California. However, motorcycle accident lawyers believe that many more lives could be saved every year, if all motorcyclists wear a helmet while riding.

Only 20 states across the country and the District of Columbia have universal motorcycle helmet laws in place. Other states have variations in their helmet laws, and some require only riders below the age of 20 to wear helmets, while others require only riders below the age of 17 to be helmeted while riding.

Earlier research has indicated that states that do not have universal motorcycle helmet laws have much lower rates of motorcycle helmet usage. In fact according to statistics, in 2010, in those states where all riders and passengers are required to wear motorcycle helmets, 98% of motorcyclists were actually wearing them. However, in those states that did not have universal motorcycle helmet laws, only about 48 % of motorcyclists were wearing helmets.

Earlier research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirms that wearing helmets reduces the risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury. Not only is a motorcyclist wearing a helmet much more likely to survive head injuries in an accident, but he is also likely to be discharged from hospital earlier, and incur lower hospital expenses, compared to non-helmeted motorcyclists.

 

Recession Contributes to Drop in ATV Injury Accidents

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According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, non-fatal injuries involving children and teenagers riding ATVs have dropped significantly since their peak back in 2004.

According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, non-fatal injuries involving children and teenagers riding ATVs have dropped significantly since their peak back in 2004.  They dropped by as much as one-third from the 2004 figures.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Centre for Injury Prevention and Control, ATV injury rates for children below the age of 15 dropped by 37%.  In 2010, the rate of ATV-related injuries in this age group was 42 per 100,000 population.  In comparison between 2001 and 2004, ATV-related injury rates spiked 34% from approximately 50 per 100,000 population to 267 injuries per 100,000 population.

In 2004, there were 43,450 non-fatal ATV-related injuries reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  In 2010, those numbers had dropped to 27,517 injuries.

Clearly, ATV injury rates peaked in 2004, and the numbers have declined since.  However, product liability lawyers do not attribute this drop to safer ATV safer design and stringent standards by the companies that manufacture these all-terrain vehicles.  Rather, it is the recession that has contributed to lower numbers of ATV-related injuries.

The simple fact is that the use of all-terrain vehicles for recreational use started declining after the recession hit in 2008.  It is not clear yet if the drop in ATV-related injuries is firmly linked to the recession, because the current ATV ridership numbers in the United States are more than 10 years old.  However, it is a fact, that in the mid-2000s, the number began to dip, and since then, the sales of ATVs have been dropping.  Sales of all-terrain vehicles dropped between 2005 and 2010. That has also contributed to a drop in riding rates.

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Motorcycle Helmets Recalled Due to Injury Hazard

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A motorcycle helmet manufacturing company has announced a recall of several helmet models because of hazards that could increase the risk of injury to a motorcyclist.

A motorcycle helmet manufacturing company has announced a recall of several helmet models because of hazards that could increase the risk of injury to a motorcyclist.

The company, Cycle Gear is recalling motorcycle helmets of the 222 Street and Steel brand Big Bore motorcycle helmets that were manufactured in 2012. These motorcycle helmets come in Small and Extra Small sizes.

The company says that during testing, it found that the helmets did not comply with the some of the safety requirements that are contained in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number 218 Motorcycle Helmets. As a result of this compliance failure, a motorcyclist may be at risk of injuries when he is involved in an accident. The helmets may not do an adequate job of helping protect the motorcyclist from injuries in an accident.

Cycle Gear has also announced that it will soon begin the process of notifying all owners of the respective motorcycle helmets. Owners of the helmets are requested to contact the company for reimbursement or a replacement helmet.

A motorcycle helmet may be the only thing protecting a motorcyclist from serious and fatal injuries during an accident. Motorcycle accident lawyers advise that you always wear motorcycle helmets while riding, and make sure that your motorcycle helmet has been certified by the Department of Transportation. Avoid wearing novelty or fancy helmets. These have not been designed to protect the head from injuries, and are not certified by the Department of Transportation.

Buy a motorcycle helmet that fits you well and is very comfortable to wear. If the helmet is uncomfortable, you are more likely to avoid wearing the helmet. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that non-helmeted motorcyclists are not only much more likely to sustain fatal injuries in an accident, but even when they survive, are much more likely to require extensive hospitalization.

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Kawasaki Recalls Motorcycles Due to Anti-Lock Defect

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Recently, Kawasaki Motors announced a recall of several motorcycles because of a possible anti-lock defect that could increase the risk of an accident.

Anti-lock braking systems can help reduce the risk of motorcycle accidents caused when a motorcyclist applies the brakes at high speeds.  Recently, Kawasaki Motors announced a recall of several motorcycles because of a possible anti-lock defect that could increase the risk of an accident.

According to Kawasaki Motors Corporation, the company is recalling certain model year 2013 motorcycles that were manufactured between August 2012 and April 2013.

The motorcycles that are included in the recall are the model year 2013 EX300BDFAL motorcycles.  According to the company, there is a manufacturing defect that could cause the anti-lock braking systems on these motorcycles to malfunction.  As a result, the motorcycle may lose the anti-lock braking functionality.

Anti-lock braking systems are available on most motorcycles, but the federal administration has not yet made these mandatory in all automobiles.  This is in spite of the fact that there are enough studies indicating to motorcycle accident lawyers that anti-lock braking systems can significantly reduce the risk of a motorcycle accident.  These anti-lock braking systems prevent the wheels of the motorcycle from locking, when the motorcyclist slams on the brakes at high speeds.  In such cases, the wheels can lock, and this can cause skidding of the motorcycle, causing severe injuries to the rider.  A motorcyclist may be thrown several feet away from the vehicle, and suffer serious injuries.

According to Kawasaki, as a result of this anti-lock defect, the anti-lock function may not perform well, and therefore there is an increased risk of skidding, spiking the risk of an accident.  The company will soon notify motorcycle owners about the defect, and will offer free replacement of the affected anti-lock braking system with a new assembly.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company will begin the recall somewhere in August 2013.

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High Incidence of Lower Extremity Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

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Motorcyclists are at a high risk of accidents when they’re involved in an accident, because they have limited protection that can help minimize the risk of devastating injuries.

Motorcyclists are at a high risk of accidents when they’re involved in an accident, because they have limited protection that can help minimize the risk of devastating injuries.

According to the results of a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that was released in 2008, there was a 61% increase in the number of motorcycle accidents recorded across the country in 1997 and 2006.  The study found that the most common injuries that motorcyclists suffer are lower extremity injuries, head injuries and abdominal injuries.

The highest risk of suffering catastrophic, incapacitating, or fatal injuries was in those crashes in which the initial point of impact of the accident was the front of the motorcycle.  According to analysis of data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, in 67% of the motorcycle accident fatalities that were analyzed, the initial point of impact of the accident was the front of the motorcycle.  About 10% of the motorcycle accidents were categorized as non-collision, in which the motorcycle lay on its side.  At least 42% of incapacitating injuries in motorcycle accidents were sustained during front impact accidents, while non-collision-related accidents accounted for 30% of incapacitating injuries.

Although lower extremity injuries are among the most frequent injuries in motorcycle accidents, motorcycle accident lawyers find that these are not the most catastrophic injuries.  The most catastrophic injuries are those that affect the head, chest and abdominal area.

Most lower extremity injuries involve fractures, with foot fractures being particularly common.  Motorcyclists who suffer lower extremity injuries are more likely to suffer a bone fracture than a soft tissue injury.  However, even though lower extremity injuries are not as catastrophic as head injuries and spinal cord injuries, motorcyclists who suffer these injuries will require hospitalization.  In the study, as many as 81% of motorcyclists who suffered lower extremity injuries, required acute hospital care.

 

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Motorcycle Accidents Cost $16 Billion Annually

According to new statistics by the Government Accountability Office, motorcycle accidents cost the American economy approximately $16 billion every year.  According to the report, motorcyclists are involved in fatal accidents at a rate that is much higher than drivers of motor vehicles.

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According to new statistics by the Government Accountability Office, motorcycle accidents cost the American economy approximately $16 billion every year.

The study also found that motorcyclists were about 30 times more likely to die in an accident compared to occupants of a passenger vehicle.  None of these statistics are very surprising to any motorcycle accident attorney.  Motorcyclists are at some of the highest risk for injuries and fatalities on the roads, because of the lack of protection they have in the event of an accident.

According to statistics, there were more than 439,000 motorcycles sold across the country in 2010, and that same year, there were 82,000 injuries linked to motorcycle accidents.  There were also more than 4500 fatalities linked to motorcycle accidents in 2010.

In 2010, the average cost of a motorcycle accident was estimated at $1.2 million.  In the case of injuries, the cost ranged from $2,500 per accident to $1.4 million.  The cost of being treated increased depending on the severity of the injuries sustained in the accident.

Motorcycle accidents typically end in brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other injuries that are expensive to treat.  In fact, wearing a helmet might help reduce the medical costs involved in treating the injuries.  According to one study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, helmeted motorcyclists not only have a much higher chance of surviving a motorcycle accident, but are also likely to have much lower hospitalization expenses, compared to non helmeted motorcyclists.

Over the past couple of years, motorcycle accident fatalities have been down, but those numbers are likely to spike again as the economy recovers, and people begin investing in motorcycles again.  Sales of motorcycles have been down over the past couple of years since the recession hit.

 

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Older Motorcyclists More Likely to Be Injured

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According to the results of a new study published in the journal Injury Prevention, senior motorcyclists are much more likely to be seriously injured in an accident, compared to younger motorcyclists.

According to the results of a new study published in the journal Injury Prevention, senior motorcyclists are much more likely to be seriously injured in an accident, compared to younger motorcyclists.

Older motorcyclists, especially those above the age of 40 are the fastest growing demographic of registered motorcyclists in the country.  More people above the age of 40 are buying a motorcycle to experience the exhilaration and thrill of riding on 2 wheels.  Unfortunately, these motorcyclists may also be at a much higher risk of injuries when they are involved in an accident.

With the increase in the number of older motorcyclists on the road has also come an increase in the number of accidents involving these older motorcyclists.  Between 1990 and 2003, the percentage of motorcyclists aged above 50 years of age increased from one in 10 to about one in 4.

It is no surprise to any motorcycle accident lawyer that the average injury rate has also increased.  Injury rates involving motorcyclists aged 65 and above jumped a staggering 145% between 2000 and 2006.

The researchers analyzed data from a federal database of motorcycle accidents.  These accidents ended with serious injuries that required emergency medical attention.  A total of 1.5 million motorcycle accidents were analyzed, and all of these involved motorcyclists aged above 20.

The study found that injury rates for all of the 3 groups of motorcyclists were on the increase, but the highest increase was detected for older motorcyclists.  Persons above the age of 60 were approximately 2 ½ times as likely to have suffered serious injuries in an accident, and were also 3 times as likely to be hospitalized for their injuries.

 

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