Helmet Law Decreasing Biker Mortality Rate

Michigan's Motorcycle Helmet Law

Do you remember the helmet law getting passed in Michigan?

Were you one to believe that the mortality rate would go up?

Last April, Michigan passed a law that had allowed motorcyclists to leave their helmets in storage and feel the wind in their hair. This law has been under much scrutiny though because it was believed that motorcyclists’ mortality rate would increase.

This Law had 3 requirements before they would allow you to take your helmet off.

  • You must be 21 years of age.
  • You will need to have at least $20,000 in medical coverage.
  • You are required to have a motorcycle endorsement for the past 2 years or pass a motorcycle safety test.

Recently, the American Bikers Aiming Toward Education released a surprising find saying that the fatalities have dropped. The dropped was measure by the total deaths between January 1st and August 31st and compared the rates in 2011 and 2012. ABATE reported a 4.9 percent drop from 89 to 85.

According to The Detroit News, ABATE said,

“If the fatality rate is adjusted to the total of motorcycle registrations, it shows that the fatality rate has decreased from 0.034 percent to 0.031 percent since the helmet-law amendment — a 7 percent reduction,” said ABATE in a press release.”

The spokesperson for the Office of Highway and Safety Planning, Anne Readette said that the findings are premature and conclusions cannot be drawn until we have an entire years of findings. Readette also said that the incapacitating injuries have risen 14 percent. In 2011, the incapacitating injuries were 441 and in 2012 they are 504.

What do you think? Is it too soon to disprove the belief that the no helmet law would increase the death rate? Or do you agree with Anne Readette’s statement that we need a year’s worth of data before we can conclude anything?