Our resident Motorcycle Accident Attorney Don Sjaarda, an active motorcyclist himself, wrote a very interesting blog about the actual increase in helmet use according to recent statistics.
“According to a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle helmet use rose from 63 percent in 2008 to 67 percent in 2009. Helmet use has been increasing steadily each year since 2005, when only 48 percent of riders wore helmets.
Helmet use in states that required riders to wear helmets also increased between 2008 and 2009, from 78 percent to 86 percent. States that require helmet use consistently have a higher percentage of riders who wear helmets than those that don’t. The study also found that helmet use is continuing to rise in rural areas, while urban areas saw a 15 percent drop in helmet use.”