What is the number one cause of death in motorcycle accidents?
Brain injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists lack the same protection that motorists have in a crash. A passenger vehicle, such as a sedan or minivan, acts as “armor” in a collision. For motorcyclists, the main type of protection comes in the form of a helmet, which is believed to be the single most important factor in surviving a motorcycle crash.
According to a report published by the Brain Injury Association of America, a motorcyclist not wearing a helmet is 40 percent more likely to sustain a fatal brain injury. Helmets are believed to be 37 percent effective in preventing death and it is estimated that these simple safety devices save about 1,500 lives every year.