Bad theories spread like wildfire especially when used to support a political agenda. Such is the case with the theory that motorcycle helmets cause more harm than good. This is a commonly stated idea especially by those who oppose any sort of mandate from the Florida State government requiring motorcyclists to wear a helmet.
As the law stands now, Floridians do not have to wear a helmet if they are over 21 years of age and carry $10,000 in insurance. But occasionally the legislature considers wearing a helmet mandatory and that’s when this notion that wearing a helmet is more dangerous.
First, that doesn’t make sense and now a study conducted by John Hopkins University School of Medicine seriously rebuts this ridiculous myth. The study analyzed data from over 40,000 accidents occurring during the years of 2002-2006. The studies revealed a 22% reduction of cervical spine injury for helmeted ridersthan riders not wearing a helmet.
Cervical spine injuries are those of the neck portion of the spinal cord. Injuries to this area can have extreme consequences including paralysis. Other injuries, depending on what portion of the cervical spine is injured can cause loss of typical breathing functions necessitating the use of a ventilator for breathing, loss of function at the biceps and shoulders, limited wrist control or complete loss of hand function, lack of dexterity in the hands and fingers and a limiting use of arms. These injuries can be permanent and serious limit every day activities.
Motorcyclists, no matter what the law is, always wear a helmet. It is one of the easiest safety steps a rider can take. Do not believe in the myth that helmets do more harm than good. This is analogous to the theory that seat belts are more dangerous than not wearing them and that theory also holds no merit.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact an attorney experienced in motorcycle accident injuries. He or she will fight for your rights and help you receive the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (813) 250-0000 for a free confidential consultation to discuss injuries you’ve received from a motorcycle accident.