A new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers found that the use of helmets reduces the number of fatal motorcycle crashes and provides new ammunition for those who may seek to make helmet use mandatory in Connecticut according to a story today by Ct Health I Team reporter Jennifer Kaylin.
The analysis of state Department of Transportation crash data between 2001-2007 found that there were 9,214 motorcycle crashes, including 358 fatalities. The number of fatalities was more than twice as high – 235, or 65.6 percent – among those riders who were not wearing helmets as among those who were – 123, or 34.4 percent.
The Connecticut Department of Health compiled injury data based on emergency department visits from 2000-2004, but this marks the first peer-reviewed Connecticut motorcycle injury analysis since a study of 1985-1987 data was conducted.
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