Maryland Motorcycle Helmet Laws: They Work

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Twenty years ago in October, Maryland enacted its first universal helmet law.  The number of wrongful death motorcycle in Maryland dropped precipitously.  The statistics:   motorcycle fatality rate dropped from 10.2 per 10,000 registered motorcycles prior to enactment of the law to 4.5 per 10,000 registered motorcycles after enactment of the law.  

I don't have the statistics but I think it is reasonable to assume that there were less traumatic brain injury motorcycle crash after the helmet law was passed.  

Still, it is worth noting.  You are unlikely to get penalized for not wearing a helmet when bringing a claim for the same reasoning that it is not contributory negligence to not to wear a seat belt in a motor vehicle accident.  (t does not make the victim any less stupid for not wearing a helmet or a seat belt.)

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