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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 
2013

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.

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Developed By: 
Community Preventive Services Task Force
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Injury and Violence Prevention
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Citation: 
The Community Guide [Internet]. Motor Vehicle Injury – Motorcycle Helmets: Universal Helmet Laws. c2013– [cited 2017 Feb 17]. Available from: https://www.thecommunityguide.org/content/motor-vehicle-injury-motorcycle-helmets-universal-helmet-laws