The effects of protective helmets are evaluated. Extensive material from the Nordic countries and from other countries consisting of investigation reports and other literature is studied. It is found that wearing helmets results in a substantial reduction of the risk of head injuries for motorcycle and moped riders. The protective abilities of the helmet apply particularly to injuries caused by the unobstructured falling of the rider towards the ground. The relevant impact force is determined by the height of the fall and not by the forward speed of the vehicle. The researchers suggest that compulsory helmet wearing should be introduced through a law applicable to riders of motorcycles and mopeds. This proposed law should be compulsory in urban as well as in rural areas for all persons over 15 years of age but it should not be applicable within a parking area, a petrol station and the like. The problems of testing and marking of helmets is discussed. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Nordiska Trafiksaekerhetsraadet

    Stockholm,   Sweden 
  • Publication Date: 1974

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 86 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00097009
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Traffic Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 8 R&D Rept.
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1975 12:00AM