High Number of Motorcycle Accidents Prompting Call for Helmet Law Reform

An unusually high number of Connecticut Motorcycle Accidents have plagued the state’s highways this year. Records show that since June, there have been three fatal collisions involving motorized bikes and a handful of others that resulted in riders being seriously injured.

These accidents have prompted many citizens to become actively engaged in pushing lawmakers to consider reforms to Connecticut’s motorcycle helmet law. Current regulations only require riders who are under the age of 18 to wear helmets when riding motorcycles. Adults are allowed to operate motorized bikes without such safety equipment.

The Greenwich Time explains studies have long shown though that the use of a helmet can dramatically reduce the chances of a motorcyclist suffering injuries in the event of a crash. Furthermore, research has shown a significant social cost to motorcycle accidents as well. Data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows a universal helmet law could lead to a reduction in public costs of up to $1,200,000 per avoided fatality.

These results have prompted some lawmakers to consider making wearing a helmet on a motorcycle a requirement similar to buckling up in a car.

The Connecticut Personal Injury Attorneys with Carter Mario Law Firm recognize the dangers of riding a motorcycle without a helmet. That’s why the firm urges motorcyclists to always wear this life-saving piece of equipment every time they ride, regardless of the law.