Motorcycle “Organ Donors”: Yale Study Shows Helmets SAVE Lives

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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6 Comments on "Motorcycle “Organ Donors”: Yale Study Shows Helmets SAVE Lives"

  1. Wearing a helmet should be a personal choice, and not another law created by politicians. Maybe they do save a few lives, but so would driving slower in cars, not talking on cell phones while driving, eating greasy food, and the list goes on.

    The government needs to stop trying to run our lives, and maybe try balancing their budgets. They seem to have the need to create a law for everything.

    • George Gombossy | April 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm |

      As a motorcycler with 40 years of on and off experiences – including owning two HD – and having too often ridden without a helmet, I must disagree. Since it is society that will end up having to pay your medical bills if you get into an accident, society has a right to require you and I to wear a helmet. Driving a car or a motorcycle is NOT a right, but a privilege. Society paid for the road, the ambulance, and the hospital.

  2. ———- after all is said and done, if you want to save lives and money, mandate helmets for car drivers. there are ten times as many fatalities involving car/SUV drivers – duh. head injuries, mostly !

    • George Gombossy | April 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm |

      seat belts are mandated and in most states you are limited as to how you can use your cell phone

  3. They’re called “Donorcycles” in the organ transplant field.

  4. This is a typical study by people that are on a mission to prove something that may not be there. Did they ever consider that the 235 deaths by riders without helmets, may not have been survivable no matter what they were wearing?

    If many of the riders without helmets died due to head on collisions with other vehicles at 60 mph, or lost control at 80 mph, or turned in front of an oncoming vehicle and got broadsided, a helmet would not have been much help.

    All they did in their so called study was take all the motorcycle deaths, and see who was wearing a helmet, and who wasn’t.

    I wouldn’t call that much of a study. How many of the 235 riders died from head injuries, because that’s all a helmet protects? I don’t see that in their report.

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