CNN reports that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has been pushing recently for all states to adopt helmet laws for motorcycle riders. According to the NTSB, 20 states have laws that require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets. Missouri requires motorcycle riders to wear helmets. Illinois is one of only a few states that does not have any motorcycle helmet law.
According to the NTSB, there has been a rise in fatalities from motorcycle accidents. The number of deaths from motorcycle wrecks more than doubled from 1997 through 2008. The NTSB found that 650 people are killed in motorcycle accidents every week on our nation’s highways.
Motorcycle accidents are all too common in the St. Louis area. Just this past August, KMOV News in St. Louis reported two serious motorcycle accidents within 40 minutes of each other. One accident took place in St. Louis and the other in St. Charles. In the St. Louis motorcycle crash, the driver was injured when he lost control of his motorcycle. In the St. Charles wreck, the driver was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle.
As any motorcycle accident attorney knows, accidents involving motorcycles can lead to serious injuries and death. Motorcycle riders and their passengers often suffer complicated arm and leg fractures. Head injuries are also common in motorcycle collisions. According to the Department of Transportation, head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents.
While the NTSB statistics mention death from head injury in motorcycle crashes, traumatic brain injury can also result in serious disability. The victims of this type of injury may end up with permanent cognitive deficits and physical impairments. An injury lawyer representing someone with this type of injury may need the assistance of specialized medical experts to determine the extent of cognitive impairment.
Motorcycle Helmets on NTSB’s Most Wanted List, CNN.com, November 16, 2010