Study Links Increase In Motorcyclist Head Injuries To Repeal Of Helmet Law

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PressExposure) July 13, 2008 -- Motorcyclists in Pennsylvania suffered large increases in head injury deaths and injuries in the two years following the repeal of the state's helmet law, according to a new University of Pittsburgh study.

Researchers with the university's Graduate School of Public Health and Center for Injury Research and Control analyzed data from the state's public health and transportation departments. They found that since the 2003 repeal of Pennsylvania's helmet law, helmet use has gone down while motorcycle-related head injury deaths and hospitalizations have increased.

Researchers concluded the repeal of the state's motorcycle helmet law was a factor in the large increases. Under current Pennsylvania law, only motorcyclists younger than 21 and riders with less than two years of experience who have not taken a safety course are required to wear helmets. The study was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. It is scheduled for publication in the August issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

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Submitted by Randell (Randy) Roberts of Roberts & Roberts Law Firm, Tyler, TX, as reported by Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

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Press Release Submitted On: July 11, 2008 at 3:33 pm
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