Studies have found that riders without helmets have a greater risk of dying from injuries than riders who wear them.
Detroit, MI (PRWEB) January 22, 2014
Gary Bloom, a motorcycle accident lawyer in Detroit at the Law Offices of Gary Bloom, said today that Michigan motorcycle riders need to keep safety in mind, despite changes in Michigan law that allow certain motorcyclists to operate without helmets.
Bloom commented on a report in CBS Detroit (“Survey: Motorcycle Helmet Use Drops; More Women Still Wear Them,” December 16, 2013). According to CBS Detroit, a Wayne State University Transportation Group study revealed that helmet use fell to 73 percent after Michigan ended its mandatory helmet use law in 2012.
“While motorcycle enthusiasts across Michigan have the right to choose to wear a helmet or ride without one, it’s important for these riders to understand the risks,” Bloom said. “Studies have found that riders without helmets have a greater risk of dying from injuries than riders who wear them.”
According to the CBS Detroit report, Michigan motorcycle rider helmet use reached an all-time high of 99.4 percent in 2006. Since Michigan changed the law in 2012 to allow riders who meet certain criteria to ride without helmets, CBS Detroit said that the percentage dropped to 73 percent.
CBS Detroit said that since the change in Michigan law, women were more likely than men to wear helmets, and drivers ages 16-29 and 60 or older reported helmet use the most. According to researchers interviewed by CBS Detroit, 109 motorcycle accident fatalities were reported in 2011 and 129 were reported in 2012.
“While we encourage helmet use, we also have handled cases involving serious injuries to riders who were wearing their helmets,” Bloom said. “Accidents can happen to even the most cautious riders. A motorcycle rider might come upon a drunk driver, a distracted driver or someone who simply is trying to beat out a red light. Anyone one of these negligent drivers might cause a serious motorcycle accident.”
Bloom said attorneys can help injured riders and passengers pursue compensation for their losses. A lawyer can hold the responsible party accountable and send a message that careless or reckless behavior won’t be tolerated on Michigan roads.
About the Law Offices of Gary Bloom
Experienced attorney Gary Bloom operates a small yet highly successful law firm in the Detroit area where he makes the needs of clients his No. 1 priority. Gary Bloom distinguishes his legal practice from big city firms by offering his clients personal attention and care. With over 30 years of experience fighting for the rights of accident victims in Detroit, Livonia, Wayne, Lansing, and Toledo, OH, attorney Gary Bloom has a hard-earned reputation as an aggressive and determined personal injury lawyer who works one-on-one with his clients to build a solid and successful legal strategy. Bloom belongs to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, reserved for lawyers who have successfully obtained verdicts or settlements totaling over $1 million. In addition to handling cases involving car accidents, the Law Offices of Gary Bloom has successfully litigated cases on behalf of people injured by medical malpractice, truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other types of accidents caused by somebody else’s negligence.
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