A study completed out of Michigan State University explored the relationship between helmet laws and the frequency of head and facial trauma injuries and skull fractures in motorcyclists. They identified that the number of motorcycle trauma patients who were riding without helmets in Michigan since 2012 increased from 20% to 44%.
They found that motorcyclists who failed to wear helmets are more than twice as likely to suffer significant facial and head injuries when compared with those who strap on a helmet every time. The study also showed an increased risk of contusions, fractured cheekbones, abrasions, and facial lacerations. There are many different types of injuries that can be sustained by a motorcycle rider in an accident and from one accident to another can look different in terms of how long it takes the victim to recover.
Unfortunately, with the lack of protections provided inside the vehicle, motorcycle accident victims may suffer from more severe injuries from which they may never recover. Spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries are just a few examples of severe and life-changing medical conditions that can turn a victim’s life upside down, rendering him or her unable to go to work or enjoy activities as they did prior to the accident. If someone else is responsible for the accident that led to these severe injuries, the victim may be entitled to recover compensation under California’s personal injury laws.