In 2015, 459 motorcyclists were killed in Texas. 1,887 more motorcyclists suffered incapacitating injuries, and 3,324 suffered non-incapacitating injuries. Given the size of even the largest motorcycles compared to the standard car, it’s no surprise that motorcyclists are at an extremely high risk of fatal accidents on the road.
Data Regarding Helmet Usage
Anyone who rode a bicycle as a child probably heard the phrase, “Don’t forget your helmet” more times than they would’ve liked. For some motorcyclists, wearing a helmet may feel unnecessary or unappealing, but consider the following statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation:
- Out of 1,454 accidents involving motorcycles where the motorcyclists were not injured, 742 of them were wearing helmets.
- 489 weren’t wearing helmets, and for 223 motorcyclists, it is unknown whether they were wearing a helmet or not.
- This means that at least 51% — and up to 66% — of non-injured motorcyclists were wearing their helmets during the accident.
However unnecessary they may seem, helmets can make the difference between an inconvenient accident and a fatal motorcycle crash.