Motorcycles allow riders a sense of freedom that they don’t get from driving cars and trucks, however, there are also more risks involved in riding a motorcycle. With less safety features on a smaller, lighter vehicle, and the fact that motorcycles can sometimes be harder for other drivers to see, riding is a risk. Although less than 5% of the vehicles regsitered in the United States are motorcycles, and they represent less than 1% of total vehicle miles traveled, more than 10% of the people killed in traffic accidents in the United States are motorcyclists. There is no one reason for this, but rather a number of contributing factors, but there is plenty of reason to believe that the use of a helmet can significantly affect those number.
Colorado is among the majority of U.S. states that do not have universal helmet laws. However, several states that do have such laws have seen dramatic drops in motorcycle fatalities immediately after enacting those laws. Conversely, some states have seen the numbers go back up after abolishing universal helmet laws.
Actually, Colorado was one of the first states to enact a universal helmet law, but that was done because of a Federal law passed in 1967 tying federal highway funds to helmet laws. When the 1967 law was abolished, Colorado’s universal helmet law soon followed. Colorado does have a helmet law today, but it does not require all motorcyclists to wear one. Colorado’s helmet law has the following stipulations:
Many safety experts encourage all motorcyclists in Colorado to wear helmets regardless of the absence of a universal helmet law. Wearing a helmet does not make a rider impervious to injury, but it can go a long way toward reducing the severity of injuries. There are several other things riders can do aside from wearing a helmet to increase their level of safety. Riding leathers, including gloves and boots are very helpful helpful, as are rider safety courses designed to help provide motorcyclists gain the knowledge and skills that they can use to avoid crashes in the first place. Many traffic accidents are speed-related, making them much more deadly for a motorcyclist. Driving the speed limit can actually go a long way toward keeping motorcyclists safe.
Unfortunately, the reality is that accidents do happen, and people do get hurt and sometimes killed. If you or a loved one have been seriously hurt in a motorcycle crash, your safety is the first priority; make sure you get the medical attention you need. Then it is time to speak with Denver motorcycle accident attorney Keith Fuicelli. Keith has experience protecting the rights of motorcyclists who have been injured on the highway by the negligence of other drivers. He can fight for you rights, and work with your insurance to ensure that you get the best medical care possible. Keith will advocate for you to get the best possible outcome from a bad situation. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Keith today at (303) 355-7202.
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