While some motorcyclists might argue that full gear is required at all times if the body is to be fully protected on the roadway, local bikers might question whether this is necessarily true given that the state of Florida does not require all riders to wear motorcycle helmets. Separate studies were conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Association for The Advancement Of Automotive Medicine, World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control using data collected at various points between 1998 and 2008. Considered as a whole, the research sheds light on the relationship between motorcycle safety and protective gear.
Providing an overview of where motorcycle injuries occur on the body in non-fatal crashes, the CDC study found that injuries most often involve the feet and legs. The AAAM study found that the data is not greatly impacted by helmet use. In correlation of the data provided by the AAAM and CDC, the WHO showed that the majority of non-fatal accidents resulted in broken bones in the lower limbs. The NHTSA study tracked fatal injuries and found that head injuries were overwhelmingly deadly, especially among non-helmeted riders.
Study results indicate that in non-fatal accidents, riders report leg and foot injuries most often but are unlikely to provide protection to this area of the body. The study also concludes that serious injury can occur anywhere on the body and suggests that the use of high-quality motorcycle helmets may save lives.
Motorcyclists who elect to use protective gear may still be susceptible to life-altering injuries in crashes caused by other parties. Those who are hurt in motorcycle accidents may find it beneficial to seek advice from an attorney who is practiced in personal injury law. In some situations, the attorney could help an injured client pursue the financial compensation to which that individual may be entitled.
Source: Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, "Helmet Exemption," 2014-2017