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Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Laws

Deaths on the road are on the rise, but the 2003 repeal may not be to blame

Over 10 years ago, Pennsylvania lifted its helmet law for motorcyclists. In that time, motorcycle fatalities have indeed risen. Some might use that as evidence that motorcyclists who ride without a helmet put themselves at risk of death. While that may be the case, it does not mean that the helmet law is directly causing the increase in deadly accidents.

In 2003, when the helmet law was first repealed, there were 156 fatal accidents. In 2012, that number had reached 210 fatalities per year. This seems like an indicator that riders without helmets lead to more deaths on the road, but two other facts should be taken into account. The first is that in the ten years before the repeal, the number of fatalities rose from 113 in 2003 to 156 in 2003. So what else is causing this trend?

The fact is, more and more motorcyclists are taking to the road each year. In fact, from 2003 to 2012, registrations went up 53%. The fact is, more riders mean more accidents, and fatalities are actually going up at a slower rate than the number of registered riders.

The second fact worth noting is that of the 210 deaths in 2012, 100 were wearing helmets, and 104 were not (6 of the deaths did not have information about helmets). This means that incidents involving deaths were almost evenly split between helmet-wearing riders and those who didn’t wear helmets.

For people who’ve lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, this means that even if the victim wasn’t wearing a helmet, there is a reasonable likelihood that they would have died even if they were wearing one. As a result, even riders not wearing helmets should be considered eligible for full compensation, especially in fatal accidents. The fact remains that these riders are still obeying Pennsylvania traffic law, and have the same rights to a safe ride as any other rider or driver.

Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC:  Pursuing Justice and Compensation for Injured Victims

The Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC encourage anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident to contact their Philadelphia office for a free consultation. Their attorneys take an aggressive approach to every case and fight to secure the maximum compensation for victims, including damages to cover medical costs, lost income and emotional suffering. For a free consultation, call the law firm of McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC at 215-569-8488 or contact us online.