The percentage of people killed in motorcycle crashes in 2011 who were not wearing helmets is higher in states without a mandatory helmet law.
- More than 8 million motorcycles were registered in the United States in 2011, and nearly 500,000 motorcycles were sold in 2012.
- In 2011, 4,612 motorcyclists were killed in crashes and 81,000 were injured. Per miles travelled, motorcyclists are 30 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash.
- Wearing helmets and getting the proper licensing and training have been shown to reduce injuries and deaths from motorcycle crashes.
- Nineteen states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands currently require all riders to wear helmets.
- Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire do not require anyone to wear a helmet, regardless of age.
- The remaining 28 states require riders of a specific age—usually those under age 18 or 21—to wear helmets.
- According to a 2012 National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) Survey, conducted by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration;
- In states with universal helmet laws, 89 percent of the motorcyclists observed were wearing helmets.
- In states with partial helmet use requirements or no laws, 49 percent were observed wearing helmets.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and National Conference of State Legislatures 2014.
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