Motorcycle Accident Deaths Linked to New Helmet Laws
Statewide (August 9, 2021) – In fall of 2020, helmet requirements were lifted for motorcycle drivers ages 26 and older. Since then, there has been a rise in motorcycle accident fatalities in Missouri. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT), motorcycle deaths are up 25% through the first 7 months of 2021 compared to the same time period in 2020.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that wearing a properly fitting helmet reduces the risk of death by 37% and brain injury by 69%. If you ride a motorcycle in Missouri and are unsure about the helmet that’s right for you then check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s guide. For additional motorcycle safety tips, please check out our Ride to Work blog. Source: MODOT