Motor Vehicle Injury – Motorcycle Helmets: Universal Helmet Laws
Description of Resource:
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends universal motorcycle helmet laws (laws that apply to all motorcycle operators and passengers) to increase helmet use, and decrease motorcycle-related fatal and non-fatal injuries. Universal laws are substantially more effective than no law or than partial motorcycle helmet laws, which apply only to riders who are young, novices, or have medical insurance coverage below certain thresholds. Economic evidence shows that universal motorcycle helmet laws produce substantial economic benefits that greatly exceed costs. Most benefits come from averted health care and productivity losses.