Bikers' Rights: Changes in Head Injuries ... Following Repeal of Pennsylvania Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Law

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Changes in Head Injuries ... Following Repeal of
Pennsylvania Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Law
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Kristen J. Mertz, MD, MPH ( mertzk@edc.pitt.edu )
Harold B. Weiss, PhD, MPH ( weisshb@upmc.edu )
American Journal of Public Health
August 2008, Vol. 98, No. 8



"To evaluate the 2003 repeal of Pennsylvania's motorcycle helmet law, we assessed changes in helmet use and compared motorcycle-related head injuries with nonhead injuries from 2001-2002 to 2004-2005. Helmet use among riders in crashes decreased from 82% to 58%. Head injury deaths increased 66%; nonhead injury deaths increased 25%. Motorcycle-related head injury hospitalizations increased 78% compared with 28% for nonhead injury hospitalizations. Helmet law repeals jeopardize motorcycle riders. Until repeals are reversed, states need voluntary strategies to increase helmet use."

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