The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,859 motorcyclists in 2016. Yet, another 802 lives could have been saved if every motorcyclist had been wearing one.
One reason some motorcyclists cite for not wearing a helmet is the belief that the weight of the helmet could increase the risk of a cervical spine injury (CSI). Some studies over the years have shown that there is an increased risk of CSI among riders who wore a helmet in a crash. However, most studies do not show a correlation between wearing a helmet and suffering a cervical spine injury.
Study Debunks Myth that Helmets Increase Risk of CSI
A new study conducted by the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics found that wearing a helmet actually lowers the likelihood of a CSI in a motorcycle accident. The study analyzed the charts of 1,061 injured motorcyclists treated at a Level 1 trauma center between 2010 and 2015. Of the patients who wore a helmet, only 7.4% suffered a CSI, whereas 15.4% of patients who were not wearing a helmet suffered at least one CSI. Cervical spine fractures were sustained by 10.8% of riders who did not wear helmets, compared to just 4.6% of those who wore helmets.
“Hundreds of lives could be saved every year if every motorcyclist would wear a helmet while riding,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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