A Brief History of the Motorcycle Helmet Law

motorcycle accidentMotorcycle aficionados across the country were saddened to hear of the passing of Harry Hurt, known for his research on motorcycle safety in 1981. Hurt’s study has been instrumental in preventing motorcycle crashes and saving lives.According to a story in webBikeWorld, Hurt’s team of experienced motorcyclists investigated bike accident scenes over a two-year period. The team compiled information from interviews with more than 2,310 motorcyclists, approximately 3,600 police reports and over 900 accidents.

National Motorcycle Fatalities

In 1975, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began collecting data concerning motorcycle fatalities. Since the 1980s, fatalities have more than doubled; and since the 1990s, motorcyclist deaths continue to rise. Unfortunately, even with all the data and research compiled by Hurt and the NHTSA, there were still more than 5,000 motorcyclist fatalities in 2008, the highest number ever reported.

Has the Motorcycle Helmet Law made an impact?

Some form of the national helmet law has been in place since the late 1960s. Throughout the years, the federal government has attempted to coax states into compliance with a motorcycle helmet law by dangling funding for safety programs and construction. This attempt did not work. When the 1990s rolled around, only 27 states had a form of limited motorcycle helmet law (typically for individuals under 18 years old). Currently, three states have no helmet law at all.

Motorcycle Accident Attorneys South Los Angeles

The Samer Habbas motorcycle accident lawyers love the open road as much as our fellow motorcyclists and we hope you wear a helmet whenever you ride. However, accidents do happen that can dramatically change your life and the life of someone you love. Call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas for a free consultation to discuss your motorcycle accident. You can reach us by using our web form or by calling 888-848-5084.

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