Nationwide Helmet Use Is Near A 20 Year High

March 8, 2022
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While Connecticut does not currently require motorcycle riders over the age of 18 to wear a helmet when riding many states in the rest of the United States do and helmet use among all riders nationwide is nearing a 20 year high according to the Insurance Information Institute (III.)  Helmets, like seatbelts in a car, have been proven to have a great impact on the safety of the rider.  Those that wear helmets more frequently are less likely to experience a severe New Haven motorcycle accident then those that do not wear a helmet.

Interestingly in the year 2000 the number of riders who wore a helmet to protect themselves against serious injury or death on a motorcycle was the highest it had ever been.  At that time, nearly 75% of all riders wore a helmet.  Since then the numbers steadily declined until the last 3 years when those numbers have rebounded slightly.  The breakout looks like this;

Year Percent Year Percent
2000 71% 2016 65%
2005 48 2017 65
2010 54 2018 71
2014 64 2019 71
2015 61 2020 69

*chart courtesy of the Insurance Information Institute

Motorcycle accidents can be very dangerous and cause serious injury or death.  With the use of a helmet riders are less likely to get seriously injured.  In 2019 when helmet use was at the 2000 high of 71% there were 5,014 motorcycle riders that died in accidents.  This number was only slightly down from the 2018 number when helmet wearing was also high.  This information is according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA.)

As data is continually collected we learn more and more about how to protect riders against a New Haven motorcycle accident.  It is important to keep this information current and up to date so we can make good decisions for our roads to keep all riders and drivers safe.

If you are injured in an accident and think you need assistance from an attorney contact our office and one of our experienced attorneys will speak with you about how to protect your long-term interests.