Alaska study backs value of helmet use for motorcyclists

An analysis of 10 years of motorcycle crash data confirms that wearing a helmet in Alaska saves lives and prevents traumatic brain injury.

Deborah Hull-Jilly of the Division of Public Health says the report looked at motorcycle injuries that required hospitalization from 2001 through 2010.

The report says people hospitalized after a crash were 70 percent more likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury and 2.3 times more likely to die if they were not wearing a helmet.

Simple loss of control accounted for 46 percent of the injuries in motorcycle crashes.

Hull-Jilly says a helmet may not make a difference in a head-on crash with a semi but can provide protection in other kinds of crashes, such as sliding along pavement.



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