HELMET LAWS DWINDLE: DEATH TOLL MOUNTS

The article notes that helmets are effective in saving motorcyclists' lives, and that when compulsory helmet laws were repealed, helmet use dropped from nearly 100 percent to less than 60 percent and severe head injuries jumped 260 percent. The question is asked if the government should demand that motorcyclists wear helmets. It seems apparent that Congress and most state legislators have been convinced that they should stay out of the question of motorcyclists' headgear. Insurance companies, medical experts and a federal judge disagree. Helmet laws, they say, could reduce the burden on health care services and hold down insurance costs. The successful campaign in Virginia that led to the legislature upholding the state's helmet law is noted. The medical evidence that convinced state legislators is summarized in a report (Head Protection for the Cyclist) published by the American Medical Association. The report, which is a compilation of research by 21 experts, counters charges that motorcycle helmets contribute to neck and spine injuries and that helmets cause accidents. Federal and state regulators predict that helmet use laws may experience a rebirth once the figures are in on motorcycle accidents and fatalities.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Alliance of American Insurers

    20 North Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL  USA  60606
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00188476
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1979 12:00AM